Kingsley Ehizibue is set to move to Italy. The right-back of 1. FC Köln, who recently competed with Benno Schmitz and Kingsley Schindler for a place in Steffen Baumgart’s Bundesliga squad and was not considered for this Sunday’s game at Eintracht Frankfurt (3.30 p.m.), is expected for a medical check-up in Udine on Monday to complete the move to Udinese Calcio in Serie A. The 27-year-old is set to replace Frenchman Brandon Soppy, who joined Atalanta Bergamo from Udinese for €9m this summer.
Veh’s transfer for the right side
Ehizibue, brought to FC by Armin Veh from Zwolle in the Netherlands to finally solve the problems on the right-hand side of the defense, convinced with speed and an always impeccable attitude. But with a seven-figure annual salary, he was considered far too expensive for a right-back who was planned either as a replacement for Benno Schmitz or for special operations against teams that have extremely high speed on the wings. FC managing director Christian Keller joined FC to restructure the salary structure in the squad. Defenders who are not regular players will tie up significantly less budget in the future.
Born in Munich to Nigerian parents, he made 16 Bundesliga appearances last season but only started six times. Ehizibue’s contract expires next summer, so it comes as a bit of a surprise that Udine are apparently ready to transfer a €1.5m fee for the former Netherlands U-21 international, according to Italian media reports. In Udine, Ehizibue is scheduled in a 352 system on the right. In Cologne 4132 he wasn’t strong enough.
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