>> Liberec Victor Olatunji, April 8, 2023.
Prague – The players of Sparta Prague were strengthened by the 23-year-old Nigerian striker Victor Olatunji from Liberec. According to the club's website, the reigning league champion has signed a multi-year contract with him. Olatunji is the fourth summer signing of the summer team.
“A player with interesting physical and speed parameters is transferring to us. He is typologically a striker that we currently do not have in the squad. Victor has the potential to continue developing in our environment, and that is the key reason why we are bringing him in,” said Sparta's sports director Tomáš Rosický.
Olatunji came to Liberec in January on loan from the Cypriot club AEK Larnaca. In the spring part of the first league, he scored eight goals in 18 matches. Slovan finished seventh thanks to him. The North Bohemians exercised Olatunji's option at the end of May and turned his loan spell into a transfer.
“Our club has a long-term focus on the development of talented players, who can then move on in their careers. The same was the case with Victor, who was able to develop himself during the last season and draw attention to himself with quality performances. The offer from champion Sparta was attractive for the player and the club, that's why we decided to accept it and allow Victor to move on,” said Liberec club president Zbyněk Štiller.
In the autumn part of the season for Larnaca, Olatunji played 20 competitive games and scored two goals, scored even to the group stage of the Europa League and Champions League qualification. The Nigerian striker also has experience in the Slovak league, where he played for Inter Bratislava and Podbrezová.
Olatunji should replace Tomáš Čvančara in Sparta. The 22-year-old Czech national team player transferred to the Bundesliga's Mönchengladbach on Friday.
In addition to Olatunji, Sparta's management brought midfielders Michal Ševčík from Brno and Serb Veljko Birmančevič from Toulouse and Slovakian goalkeeper Jakub Surovčík from Jablonec during the summer break. Danish coach Brian Priske's men will start the new league season on Sunday against Olomouc, in August they will enter the qualification for the Champions League.