Olympique Lyonnais have confirmed the signing of Nigerian wonderkid Gift Orban.
In a statement in the club’s official website they said: “Olympique Lyonnais is pleased to formalize the arrival of Nigerian striker Gift Orban, from La Gantoise, who has signed with the club for a period of four and a half seasons, until June 30, 2028.
“The amount of the transfer amounts to €12 million to which can be added a maximum of €8 million in bonuses as well as 20% profit-sharing on the added value of a possible transfer.”
Born in 2002 in Nigeria, Orban began his training in his country of origin before being spotted by the managers of Stabaeck in the summer of 2022.
After conclusive trials, he signed up for a period of four seasons with the Norwegian second division club, immediately making an impression by scoring 19 goals in 22 matches.
Having become the championship’s top scorer, he was then transferred six months later to Gantoise, on the last day of the winter transfer window. In Belgium, Gift Orban maintained his impressive momentum from his first minutes.
The 1.78m center forward has a string of goals, totaling 20 goals during his first 22 matches, including four against Basaksehir in the 1/8 finals of the Conference League.
With a total of 32 goals scored during 2023 and a remarkable ratio of 0.68 per match since his professional debut (51 goals in 75 matches), the 21-year-old striker is today considered the one of the young hopes of African football in his position.