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Barcelona complete permanent signing of Nigerian star Asisat Oshoala

The Nigerian starred for Iluis Cortes' side against AEM Lleida in their first pre-season game ahead of the new season

Barcelona have exercised the option to sign Nigeria striker Asisat Oshoala on a permanent deal from Dalian Quanjian.

The 24-year-old initially joined Barcelona on a six-month loan deal in January following the postponement of the 2019 Chinese Women's Super League. She went on to establish herself in the team with eight goals after 11 games in all competitions.

The Nigeria international was in fine form for Llius Cortes' side in the Liga Iberdrola and Uefa Champions League with her attacking prowess.

Her impressive performances convinced the club to hand her a two-year contract that will keep her in Catalonia until June 2022.

Oshoala was part of Barcelona's fairytale run to the Uefa Women's Champions League final and scored the consolation goal in their 4-1 loss to Lyon in Budapest.

Her Champions League final appearance and goal saw her make history in elite European competition for Africa.

"Asisat Oshoala and FC Barcelona have linked a new contract until June 30, 2022, after the agreement for transfer from the club on the 1st of July between Dalian Quanjian and Dalian club," the club announced on their website.

"The Nigerian forward, 24, arrived at Barca on January 31 as a transfer from the Chinese entity. In these four months, Oshoala has played eleven official games as a player and scored eight goals, including the first team in a Champions League final in Budapest. 

"The three-time best African soccer player of the year is currently concentrated with the Nigerian national team before playing the World Cup in France, starting June 7. When the calendar so permits, the act of signing of the new Oshoala contract with Barca will take place."

Before reuniting with her club teammates later this year, Oshoala will be aiming to inspire Nigeria in the 2019 Women's World Cup in France this summer.