Man City sign Nigerian striker Olarenwaju Kayode, then dash him out


Manchester City have signed Nigerian striker Olarenwaju Kayode from Austria Vienna and immediately loaned him out to Girona.

The 24-year-old becomes the fifth City player to join the Spanish club on a temporary deal for the coming season following Pablo Maffeo, Aleix Garcia, Marlos Moreno and £10million summer signing Douglas Luiz.

City have not made an official announcement but the Spanish club, who have been promoted to La Liga for this season, have confirmed the move.

Kayode, who scored 37 goals in 85 matches in the Austrian Bundesliga, was previously linked with Newcastle.

City have developed a strong relationship with Girona and the latest deal comes days after Pep Guardiola's squad returned from a warm-weather training camp in the Catalan city. 

Their stay included a friendly against Girona, who conducted some of their own pre-season preparations at the City Football Academy in Manchester. 

City enjoy a very close relationship with the La Liga newcomers on a number of fronts.

The club was bought by Media Base Agency in 2015, who just so happen to be owned by Pere Guardiola, the brother of City boss Pep.

There are plans afoot within the corridors of power at the Etihad to invest in the Spanish club and make it the latest foreign member of the City Football Group.

This has caught the attention of UEFA, with the footballing body set to monitor any movement given their concerns over conflicts of interest when two clubs have the same owner. 

Kayode becomes City's seventh signing of a summer that has seen Bernardo Silva, Ederson, Kyle Walker, Danilo, Benjamin Mendy and Douglas Luiz move to the Etihad Stadium for a combined total of almost £222m.


Press Association

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