Karl Toko Ekambi has joined Villareal for 20 million euros from Angers.
The Cameroon international enjoyed a stellar season for French minnows Angers where he scored 17 goals in 37 Ligue One appearances. That form attracted interest from Villareal, Hoffenheim and Rennes with the striker opting for the Yellow Submarine.
Ekambi will follow in the footsteps of illustrious forwards such as Diego Forlan, Giuseppe Rossi and Carlos Bacca in leading the line for Villareal. The deal worth 20 million euros ties Ekambi down for five years at the club.
The move follows a sudden upward trajectory for the African having helped Angers to a French Cup final two years ago. While last season he finished top scorer for the French side with an impressive 17 goal haul.
Ekambi’s rise in stock didn’t end there, as he won the Marc Vivien-Foe award for being the best African playing in Ligue One. Villareal decided to pounce, rather than hesitate in making a move for the rising talent.
With French giants such as PSG, Monaco and Lyon boasting some of the finest talent in Europe, it was Ekambi who was the surprise package in Ligue One.
It was no surprise to see Edinson Cavani as the division’s top scorer, with the world’s most expensive player – Neymar – and Radamel Falcao and Mario Balotelli in hot pursuit. Though Ekambi came in at ninth with goals scored, as well as registering six assists.
The Cameroonian international will get to enjoy a summer off with his country not participating in this year’s World Cup and will hope he can continue his fine goalscoring exploits next summer.