Swindon Town net record sale as Osigwe joins Inter
Swindon Town today confirmed the sale taking 19-year-old Fidelis Osigwe to Rafa Benitez’s Internazionale for a £12million fee, a club-record fee for a departing player.
Due to the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit work permit rules, the 17-time Australian international was unable to play for Swindon Town and was placed in the U23s side throughout all of his time at the club.
However, the youngster's scintillating form for his country where he has scored 11 goals in 17 games so far has attracted many interested parties around the world, starting a bidding war with some of Europe’s biggest clubs including both of Milan’s teams as well as some of the Premier League’s leading clubs.
Osigwe was known to sources within the club as a tough character to deal with as he struggled coming to terms with being unable to play first-team football for his club, but simultaneously rejected loan moves away to bidding clubs in Sweden and Norway last season.
“We are sad to see such a clear talent being denied the opportunity to play for Swindon Town and this has unfortunately led to his departure.
“However, we believe that Fidelis has all the qualities to go on and be a star player with one of Europe’s biggest clubs and we are proud to say that we played a part in his development on the training ground.” said Neil Godwin, Swindon Town’s manager.
It is reported that Inter Milan offered the option for an immediate loan back to the County Ground this season as part of the deal, but the Robins rejected this over concerns that continued uncertainty over Osigwe’s work permit in the UK could affect such a lucrative deal for the Championship side.
The Australian youngster has spoken of his pride having joined up with his new teammates at Giuseppe Meazza and thanked Swindon Town for their help in his career journey.
The transfer means that Swindon Town have now brought in just over £20million in transfer fees this summer, with Carl East leaving for an £8million fee to Burnley earlier in the summer along with Sean McLoughlin and Euan Henderson also leaving the club for much smaller fees.
James: A lot of our team were brought in before the sale of East which gives us a lot more room to manoeuvre, along with the sale of Osigwe! We certainly aren't done in the market for this season. I was surprised that Burke's career had taken him away from the hub of European football and almost casted away to Croatia, so it's good to see him back in the country.