Obafemi Martins is yet to complete his move away from Major League Soccer side, Seattle Sounders, the club has confirmed.
The 31-year old Nigerian striker was reported to have completed a move to Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua but the American club, while admitting they have received offers from Chinese clubs, stated that no deal is done yet.
“We’ve had an approach from a Chinese club for his services. It could take a while to have that resolved, and there’s really nothing else we can add at this point, but hopefully we know more by the end of the week,” Garth Lagerwey, Sounders’ General Manager said.
Speaking further, he however confirmed that Martins is currently not with them in their California camp ahead of the new MLS season, but ssays his absence will not affect their preparation.
“I can tell you that Oba’s not here with us in this phase of camp,” he said. “I don’t think (the Martins issue has any impact on CCL training) in the sense that we’ll go forward with this group,” Lagerwey added.
The former Inter Milan striker has been a hit for the MLS oufit and scored 15 goals last season, before earning a recall to the Super Eagles. He also signed a contract extension last term.
And if he completes the move to China, he will become the latest star name to move to the Far Eastern country, with other star names like Jackson Martinez, Ramires, Gervinho and Stephane Mbia all moving to Asia for big money recently.
Martins will also have an African teammate at Shanghai Shenhua in Senegal’s Demba Ba.
He has also previously played in Italy, England, Germany, Spain and Russia.