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Abdul Fatawu Issahaku will sign for Sporting Lisbon in January after months of links with Premier League giants Liverpool, the youngster’s agent has told Pure FM. 

Labelled “arguably the best African prospect of his generation” by The Guardian this month, speculation surrounding the Ghanaian wonder kid has gone through the roof in recent months. 

In May, Goal reported Liverpool were interested, as were a Borussia Dortmund side that has enjoyed a great deal of success when it comes to snapping up talented 17-year-olds – see Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham. 

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However, it was thought Bayer Leverkusen would be Issahaku’s destination with the left-footed midfield maestro, who is honing his considerable talents in the second tier of Ghanaian football with Steadfast FC, expected to join Florian Wirtz, Moussa Diaby, Jeremie Frimpong and co in an exciting, up-and-coming squad at the Bay Arena.   

Liverpool target Abdul Fatawu Issahaku set for Sporting Lisbon

Five months on, Issahaku’s agent has broken his silence at last.  

And it turns out Issahaku won’t be heading to Liverpool, Dortmund or even Leverkusen after all. 

“Abdul Fatawu Issahaku is a player of Sporting Lisbon. Nobody in Ghana has the right to transfer Fatawu to another club,” his representative explains. 

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“Fatawu will turn 18 on 8 March 2022 but, on 8 January 2022, the club will complete his transfer.” 

It has been claimed Issahaku will spend a short spell at Ghanaian top-flight outfit Dreams FC before moving to the Portuguese capital after Christmas.  

Sporting can certainly boast a proud track record when it comes to putting promising young players on the pathway to superstardom – and we don’t just mean Cristiano Ronaldo.

A side containing the likes of Tiago Tomas and Nuno Mendes – now of Paris Saint-Germain – stormed to the Primeira Liga title under Ruben Amorim last season, their first domestic title in two decades.  

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