Young Ghanaian defender Jonathan Mensah has all-but sealed a deal to join Italian side Udinese from Free State Stars of South Africa.
The calm but forceful central defender will leave before the end of the week for his medical in Europe and hopes to return when the transfer window opens in January.
“Everything has been finalised
by my agency, Prosport International,” Mensah, who pillared the defence
of Ghana’s Under-20 side at the World Cup in Egypt, told KickOff.com.
will still be with Stars for the next three days before going for my
medical at Udinese.”
Mensah added, “It’s always
been my dream to play in Europe and I am very happy that finally I am
close in achieving it. I would like to thank Mike Mokoena for agreeing
to let me go, despite me still having two years left on my contract.”
The 19-year-old hopes to join senior countryman Kwadwo Asamoah at Udinese if the deal
is finalised. French club Bordeaux were close to signing him, but Udinese
made a bigger offer.
Mensah, who helped the Black
Satellites to win the U-20 world title in Egypt last month, is undoubtedly
a good choice for the Bianconeri due to his smart turning and speed.
“I always want to compare
him to John Mensah, his senior colleague defender with the Black Stars.
It is about time he replaced John because he is fresh and brilliant,”
Kofi Agyapong, a sports journalist with The Mail told Goal.com.
“Jonathan marks well and
he’s always there to make a difference in the defence. Udinese should
consider giving him a chance in the starting line-up because he is a
player full of surprises. He has very good turning and with time he will build up speed.
think he has the ability to play at that level and will definitely stand
the test of time, like other Ghanaian players have shown in Italy and
Europe as a whole."
Goal poacher Dominic
Adiyiah, a team-mate in the U-20 side, signed recently for Milan.
His transfer will add to six Black Stars
players – captain Stephen Appiah (Bologna), Mohammed Rabiu (Sampdoria),
Kwadwo Asamoah (Udinese), Sulley Muntari (Inter Milan) and Adiyiah - playing in Serie A.
K.N.S Mensah, Goal.com