Henry Onyekuru will hope to start for Galatasaray on Tuesday evening as the Turkish club have travelled to Germany to face Schalke.
It’s the type of big game which the Everton owned player will relish.
Spending last season on loan at Anderlecht, Onyekuru made it very clear repeatedly that he wanted to return to parent club Everton as soon as possible, and didn’t always get on well with the Belgian loan side.
There was disagreement over a knee injury, with Everton backing the player and avoiding the need for surgery. The plan was to help Onyekuru prove his fitness for the World Cup, which would have made the work permit process smoother… but it wasn’t to be as Nigeria took other options instead.
Onyekuru blamed Anderlecht, at least partly, so didn’t want to continue there on loan.
Now with Gala, Bild report the player has a German lawyer ‘on his heels’.
They say the match against Schalke ‘could be expensive’ for the 21 year old, because he’s being chased for €11,000 in child support payments.
Melissa Krott, the child’s mother, is quoted as saying: “I met him via Instagram. I thought he was great. At some point we wrote, met.
“When he found out that I was pregnant, he did not want the child. Speech was no longer possible. He closed me off everywhere.”
Onyekuru is said to have accepted the paternity, but still hasn’t paid up, and the suggestion would be his arrival in Germany could lead to some legal action to get the money.
Knott added: “Right after the breakup, he already had a new girlfriend… with whom he also has a child, a little boy.”