English Premier League newcomers Burnley have signed Super Eagles-eligible winger, Luca Koleosho, from Spanish side Espanyol for £2.6m plus £860,000 in add-ons.
The 18-year-old who joined from Espanyol B put pen to paper on a four-year deal with The Clarets as he became the club’s eighth signing of the season.
Koleosho who joined the team in preseason revealed that he was excited by the move largely due to the influence of the manager Vincent Kompany and the feeling of playing in the Premier League.
“As soon as I got the call from the coach (Vincent Kompany), I knew I wanted to come here,” he said. We spoke about the way they would help me improve and get better as a player and I was just excited by it,” Koleosho told the club website.
“I know the Premier League is the best league in the world with a lot of top teams.”
Born in the United States to a Nigerian father and an Italian-Canadian mother, Koleosho is eligible to represent Nigeria, the United States, Canada, and Italy.
Luca Koleosho has represented Canada at the U-15 level and while he’s earned a call-up to the senior national team in 2022, he is yet to feature for the North American team. He was also in Italy’s U-19 squad that won the 2023 UEFA European Under-19 Championship in Malta.
Kompany whose main goal will be to maintain their Premier League status at the end of the 2023/24 season has already brought in winger Nathan Redmond, England Under-21 goalkeeper James Trafford, and Switzerland forward Zeki Amdouni from Basel amongst others.