According to a recent report by the Star, Norwich City have reached an agreement with Besiktas which would see Nelson Oliviera move to Turkey during the winter transfer window. It is understood that the Turkish giants have agreed to a €3m deal to secure the services of the former Portuguese international in January.
Oliviera has not featured for the Canaries’ first-team this season after he handed in a transfer request last summer. It was earlier reported that Besiktas wanted him on a loan deal, but it now seems that they are willing to sign him permanently and provide the Benfica youth product with an escape route out of Carrow Road.
Oliveira’s Career In A Nutshell
The Barcelos-born forward started his football career with Benfica and graduated from their academy before having loan spells with various clubs such as Rio Ave FC, Pacos Ferreira, Deportivo La Coruna, Stade Rennais, Swansea City and Nottingham Forest respectively. Oliviera finally sealed a permanent move from Benfica to join Norwich City in the summer of 2016.
Since his move to play for the Canaries, the 27-year-old has scored 20 goals in 50 appearances at the Norfolk club. However, he has fallen out with Norwich boss Daniel Farke so a move away from England might be the best move for all parties.
What Does The Portuguese Forward Bring To The Pitch?
The 27-year-old is a well-rounded centre-forward who has built a reputation for being a poacher inside the opposition penalty box. Despite having the tendency of blowing hot and cold, Oliviera can be a potent goal-getter when he is confident on the pitch. The Portuguese talent has failed to live up to his early potential, but that hasn’t stopped him from finding success in the EFL Championship.
Will It Be A Good Move For All Parties?
Oliviera’s departure won’t be a significant loss for Norwich as he is currently not a part of Daniel Farke’s long-term plans at Carrow Road. The Canaries can call upon the services of Teemu Pukki and Jordan Rhodes to share the attacking work-load up top, but they would still need to replace Oliviera in January if they are to continue progressing under Farke in the coming years.
At 27, the Portuguese talent still has a lot to offer on the pitch, and a move to Turkey could help him reignite his career. Hence, his departure from Norwich will be a welcome one for all parties.