After being mentioned as a Villarreal target early in the summer, André Zambo Anguissa had fallen out of the rumor list. But, it is indeed he who is the “central midfielder Villarreal prefers to Getafe’s Arrambari”, to quote a journalist from a couple of weeks back.
Anguissa is 23 years old and left Cameroun at age 18, first spending a year with Stade Reims’s B team and then being signed by Olympique Marseille. His rise there was meteoric; joining the first team in July 2016, he was a regular starter for two years before being sold to Fulham for roughly €25m in August 2018.
Unfortunately, Fulham were, from the get-go, not very good, and Anguissa missed a couple of months in midseason with an ankle injury, so it is difficult to assess his performance there. He is 6 feet tall and is primarily a defensive midfielder who is good at winning the ball back, something we need; he’s a good dribbler, passer and tackler.
Anguissa was a teammate of Karl Toko Ekambi on the Cameroun squad that participated in the Africa Cup of Nations, and played well in three starts.
Terms of the deal are unclear but it is almost certainly a loan with an option to purchase, whether it is a purchase obligation or not, who knows. Presumably any option would be something around €15-20m given his contract at Fulham has four more years to run. He was taking his medical today and is expected to join up with his new teammates in Austria tomorrow. Welcome!!