Real Madrid, Atletico and Manchester United are among the clubs in a 'superfight' for Real Valladolid's promising 20-year-old defender Mohammed Salisu.
The centre back has been one of the surprise standout performers in La Liga this season and looks destined for a move up the footballing ladder this summer one way or another.
But who is he? Here's what you need to know about the young Ghanaian...
Salisu, would you believe, actually started out at Barcelona.
However, rather than being another one who got away from La Masia, his 'Barcelona' was the team name of his side in Kumasi, Ghana.
After joining the
As the centre back explains in a club video on YouTube, such was the surprise of the scouts visit,
The Playing Style
At 6'3, Salisu obviously cuts an intimidating presence in the backline and was dubbed 'the wall of Valladolid' by El Pais in October last year.
However, he is also as elegant as he is physical and was first spotted in Ghana for his technical attributes. He cites his own idol as Samuel Umtiti - Barcelona's Cameroon-born World Cup winner.
While Real Valladolid sit 15th in La Liga, Sergio Gonzalez's side actually have the sixth-best defensive record in the league and the best out of any team in bottom half. Most impressively, they have conceded fewer goals this campaign than Barcelona (25 to 28).
Salisu has missed just one game for Valladolid so far this season and has been a key figure in their defensive solidity.
The Release Clause
If the above all sounds good to you, then you are going to love the release clause. It's just €12m (or £10m and change) for any would-be suitors, with his current contract running until 2022.
That is one-third of a Michael Keane.
Turned Down for What?
However, it seems not just anyone can turn Salisu's head. According to AS, both Valencia and Getafe looked into signing the young defender, who took a pass on both moves.
According to the report, Salisu knows he 'won't lack offers' in the upcoming summer.
The Ronaldo Factor
Real Madrid maintain excellent relations with Valladolid in part due to the 'friendship' (as AS puts it) of the two club presidents: Florentino Perez and Ronaldo Nazario. Yes, him.
The Brazilian two-time Ballon d'Or winner - who spent four-and-a-half seasons in Madrid - became majority owner of the
Source : 90min