Torino to open Aina contract talks


Ebenezer Bajela

According to Italian publication, Calcio Mercato, Torino president Urbano Cairo, and sporting director, Davide Vagnati, are set to open negotiations with Nigeria international Ola Aina in order to extend the defender’s contract.

Aina has less than a year on his four-year contract, which he signed in 2019 and will be free to discuss terms with any interested parties from January 2023.

Despite competition from Singo, Lazaro and Vojvoda at the right-back position, Aina continues to prove his worth to manager Ivan Juric and has made six appearances for the Grenades in Serie A this season.

With just a few months left for the Nigerian to be able to discuss terms with other suitors, Torino will have to decide whether to offer him a contract extension.

“Ola Aina ‘s contract with Torino is about to expire: the full-back is in fact linked to the grenade club until next June 30,” the website wrote.

“The director Davide Vagnati, together with the president Urbano Cairo, will therefore have to decide whether to start negotiations to extend the contract with the Nigerian player.

“Aina was heavily employed by Ivan Juric in the first few games even though he lost his starting spot on the left wing after Mergim Vojvoda returned from injury.”

The versatile full-back was handed a professional contract at Stamford Bridge in 2016 after excelling at the Chelsea youth academy.

He, however, failed to lay claim to a starting spot for the Blues, before joining Torino in 2018 after a temporary spell at Hull City.

The Nigerian impressed in Turin and sealed a permanent transfer in 2019 for a reported €9.80m.