Rio 2016 delays Sadiq Umar’s loan move at AS Roma

Reports in Italy have emerged that AS Roma is keen on farming out their Nigeria striker, Sadiq Umar, on loan to FC Crotone for the 2016/17 season.

The snag, however, is the Serie A side are waiting for the 19-year-old to finish international duties with Nigeria at the ongoing Rio Olympics before discussions commence.

Umar has put in outstanding displays at the Rio 2016 which has seen him notch up two goals – his second the only goal as Nigeria defeated Sweden to qualify for the quarter-finals of the football event in Brazil.

The lanky striker broke into the AS Roma first team last season notching up two goals from six matches which made Roma make his loan move permanent alongside another talented Nigerian youngster, Nura Abdullahi.

Roma snapped the two teenagers from AC Spezia for a combined fee of €5 million and tied them to long-term deals convinced their talent will come good at the Estadio Olympico.

It is believed that Roma want to give him Serie A experience and they feel Crotone will be perfect for the youthful striker who is tipped for great things in the future.