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Asisat Oshoala leaves Barcelona, embarks on new journey in the U.S

Posted : 01 February 2024

Super Falcons' standout player, Asisat Oshoala, is on the verge of departing from Barcelona, bringing an end to her successful tenure with the reigning Spanish champions, a club she initially joined on loan from Chinese side Dalian Quanjian in January 2019.

Following her outstanding performances, Barcelona secured Oshoala permanently in June of the same year. During her time with the club, the Nigerian forward played a pivotal role in Barcelona's achievement of four Primera División titles, three Supercopa de España Femenina honors, and three Copa de la Reina titles. Notably, she made history as the first African to win the UEFA Women’s Champions League with Barcelona in 2021, a feat she repeated in the 2023 edition.

Despite her numerous accolades, Oshoala's journey with Barcelona is coming to an end as her contract, set to expire in June, has led the club to approve her departure this month. Recent squad exclusions further hinted at the conclusion of her tenure, with reports suggesting her presence in the United States, heightening speculation of a move to the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) side, Bay FC.

The potential transfer is rumored to command a fee of around €150,000 ($162,000), and an official announcement is expected later this week. Oshoala is reportedly agreeing to a contract extension through 2026, with an option for 2027.

Bay FC, set to debut in the NWSL’s 2024 season, will play their home games at PayPal Park in San Jose, California. Their inaugural NWSL campaign kicks off against Angel City on March 17.

In her final season with Barcelona, Oshoala made 14 appearances, starting in only three games but impressively netting eight goals. Over her five-year stint with the Spanish giants, the former Arsenal star left an indelible mark, scoring 107 goals in 149 appearances.


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