Young Ghanaian winger Ernest Nuamah’s summer move from FC Nordsjælland to Olympique Lyon is facing scrutiny as Fifa responds to requests from undisclosed French club officials to investigate the transfer process, L’Équipe has reported.
The 19-year-old’s switch to the Ligue 1 side via Belgian club RWD Molenbeek has raised eyebrows and prompted calls for a closer look into the matter.
The transfer has sparked speculation and discussions on and off the field, with OL currently languishing at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings following a recent defeat to Reims. The concerns emanate from the opacity surrounding Nuamah’s transfer.
According to sources within Fifa, the international governing body has been contacted by “several French football leaders,” whose identities and exact numbers remain undisclosed. These clubs have raised questions regarding the recruitment process of Nuamah, who was acquired for a substantial €25 million by Molenbeek this summer before being promptly dispatched to Lyon.
Olympique Lyon, aware of the complexities surrounding the transfer, had sought prior approval from DNCG, the body responsible for overseeing transfers and financial matters in French football.
Fifa had also sanctioned the player’s transfer to the Belgian federation. However, prompted by the inquiries from certain French clubs, Fifa is now expected to commence a “follow-up information” process to gain clarity on the situation in France.
One of the aspects raising suspicion is the multi-ownership model involving Eagle Football, where Molenbeek is a sister club to Lyon. This unique arrangement has drawn attention, especially considering the record-breaking €25 million fee paid by Molenbeek for Nuamah’s services. This significant sum starkly contrasts the club’s previous record transfer fee of €3 million, further intensifying scrutiny.
While both Fifa and DNCG had previously approved the transfer, internal sources at the international football governing body suggest that the situation will be scrutinized following growing doubts and inquires from rival clubs within Ligue 1.
The investigation is set to shed light on the intricacies of Nuamah’s transfer, offering clarity to a situation that has captured the footballing world’s attention.