Manchester City striker Olarenwaju Kayode has joined Shakhtar Donetsk for an undisclosed fee. The Nigeria international, who was signed by City boss Pep Guardiola in a £3.5m deal from Austria Vienna last August, has signed a five-year deal with the Ukrainian champions.
The 25-year-old forward did not make a single appearance for Manchester City as he was immediately loaned out to Spanish club Girona before moving to Shakhtar Donetsk in a similar deal in March.
Olanrewaju, who was not included in Nigeria’s World Cup team put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Paulo Fonseca’s lead Shakhtar Donetsk on Friday.
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The striker made eight appearances for Shakhtar in all competitions in the just-concluded season and recorded three goals and one assist to his credit.
“FC Shakhtar has signed on permanent transfer Olarenwaju Kayode from Manchester City and the striker has signed a five-year contract,” the club confirmed on their Twitter handle.
The striker, who has also represented Nigeria at youth levels, joined Manchester City from Austrian Wien last summer and was immediately loaned out to Spanish club Girona where he struggled to pin down a regular berth.
He returned to form at Shakhtar Donetsk where he won the domestic double. Olarenwaju best display so far in Europe was with Austrian Wien which he joined from Isreali club Maccabi Netanya at the start of the 2015/16 season.
The Nigerian forward scored 13 goals in 34 appearances in his first season with Austrian Wien and in his second season, he scored 17 goals in 33 appearances to emerge the top scorer of the Austrian Bundesliga.
This remarkable achievement attracted the attention of Man City Boss Pep Guardiola who promptly signed him to Man City and sent on loan to Spanish club Girona and then to Shakhtar Donetsk.