Reports emerged this afternoon from Norway about a new potential Columbus Crew SC signing in Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Abu from Strømsgodset.
Mohammed Abu has confirmed to Drammens Tidende that he will be playing for Columbus Crew. Abu is already in place in the United States.— Kim Underberg Rolund (@KimRolund) January 23, 2017
Originally reported by Ola NiemannIf, this potential deal would make Abu would be the fourth Ghanaian on the Black & Gold’s roster and yet another signing from a Scandinavian club.
According to Transfermarkt.com his estimated value is at €800,000 and is in contract with the Norwegian club until the end of the 2017 calendar year.
Kim Underberg Rolund reporting from Strømsgodset that the deal would be for two years with a third year optional extension. The team has available Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and General Allocation Money (GAM) to potentially buy down the transfer price as well as his salary.
The Ghanaian is similar in profile to current Crew SC defensive midfielder Wil Trapp, as he is 5’9” 160 pounds. Despite his lack of physical size, he is a technically gifted tackler and a very good passer of the ball. A player that checks the boxes in many ways for a Gregg Berhalter signing, he would help bolster the thin midfield currently under roster in Columbus and would serve as a replacement, in essence, to Mohammed Saeid, now with Minnesota United FC.
Assuming a deal is reached, it would place the team under a tight spot with available international slots. However, roster compliance is not forced until the end of preseason so it is possible that Berhalter wants to trial new signings before a deal is reached to move a player in order to comply with roster limitations.
Abu has spent seven seasons in professional soccer, starting his career under contract with Manchester City of the English Premier League while going out on loan to the likes of Strømsgodset, Rayo Vallecano of La Liga, and FC Lorient in Ligue 1 before joining Strømsgodset on a permanent basis.
Abu would take an international roster slot and would join fellow countryman Harrison Afful, Joanthan Mensah, and Lalas Abubakar on the Crew SC roster.
Stay tuned for more information as we monitor this potential signing.