Reports in Italy claim that Arsenal and Spurs are ready to join Liverpool in the race for Udinese’s Emmanuel Agyemang Badu.
The ambitious young midfielder has made no secret of his desire to win major trophies, and a move to England could help him in that regard. so talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight runs the rule over the Ghanaian…
Name: Emmanuel Agyemang Badu
Date of birth: 2 December, 1990
Birthplace: Berekum, Ghana
Position: Defensive midfielder
International appearances: 41 Ghana caps
What’s the latest?
In December Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was said to be taking a look at Badu ahead of a £7m move for the holding midfielder, but now fresh reports claim that Arsenal and Spurs are also keen on the Ghana international. His current deal with Udinese expires in 2016.
Did you know?
1) As a youngster Badu played for Berlin FC before moving to Berekum Arsenal, where he played his first senior football. A loan move to Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko then materialised where he continued to excel.
2) The midfielder then went on to represent Ghana’s Under-20 side at the 2009 World Cup in Egypt and scored the sudden death penalty which saw them beat Brazil in final to win his side the tournament.
3) Just two weeks after scoring the spot-kick a transfer to Udinese was sealed, but it took time for the midfielder to make an impact in Serie A.
4) After showing his potential, Badu was rewarded internationally but missed out on a place in the Black Stars’ 2010 World Cup squad due to injury.
5) The combative midfielder loves a shot on goal and was nominated for the 2012 FIFA Puskas Award after a stunning strike against Guinea in the Africa Cup of Nations (see below).
What is being said?
“I want to be remembered as a player who won the African [player of the year], the European [footballer of the year], or a Champions League medal. I know it is a long road but I’m ready to make the dream come to reality.”