Hugo Ekitiqe is ready to say goodbye to Lee Kang-in and take on a new challenge in Germany.
“Hugo Ekitiqe, 21, is ready to leave Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on loan this winter to join Eintracht Frankfurt,” French media outlet L’Equipe reported on Jan. 31.
Ekitiqe is regarded as a striker with a lot of potential for future development. He came up through the Stade de Reims youth ranks before joining PSG on loan this summer.
His performances on loan were enough to get us excited. Ekitiqe scored four goals and provided four assists in 32 games across all competitions last season. Considering his age, this was more than expected.
He hasn’t been guaranteed enough playing time this season. With the arrival of Ousmane Dembele, Kolo Moani, and Gonzalo Higuain last summer, he was forced to play less.
The records back it up. Ekitiike has started just one game in all competitions this season. He played eight minutes as a substitute in the Ligue 1 opener.
His departure from PSG this winter was a foregone conclusion. Wolverhampton, Wolfsburg, and Frankfurt were all in the running for Ekitiqe’s signature this winter.
It was Wolverhampton who initially had the upper hand in the bidding war. Wolverhampton are reportedly actively pursuing a loan move for Ekiti to bolster their attacking lineup this winter.
Wolverhampton’s pursuit didn’t go smoothly. According to the report, Frankfurt have reached an agreement with PSG for Ekitiqe, increasing the option to buy him outright after his loan from €20 million to €30 million.
The move to Frankfurt is not yet finalized. “A final agreement has not been reached on Ekitiqe’s transfer to Frankfurt. Details still need to be finalized.”