KAA Gent Technical Director, Michel Louwagie, has put an end to rumors linking Gift Orban with several clubs and confirmed that the striker is not for sale in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Orban, who joined Gent in January, has been a revelation since his debut, scoring 9 goals and providing 2 assists in the Belgian Pro-League and 5 goals in five games in the Europa Conference League, including the fastest hat-trick in UEFA club competition history.
Louwagie confirmed that Orban’s impressive form has caught the attention of several top European clubs, but the 20-year-old is not up for sale. “Gift is a luxury problem. He still has a contract until 2027, and we didn’t get him at the end of January to sell again in July. We’ve never done that before,” Louwagie told De Morgen.
Reacting to rumors that Orban is valued at 20 million euros, Louwagie declined to comment on the figure but stated that the striker’s price would be determined later. “I am not going to comment on those 20 million.
We’ll see what the price will be. I once put 20 million euros on Moses Simon’s head, yes, but that was because the Dutch sell for 40, 50, 60 and now even 100 million euros. But when I talked about 20 million, it sounded: ‘That Louwagie catches them’,” he said.
Orban’s form has also caught the attention of Premier League clubs, with Leicester City and Leeds United reportedly interested in the striker. However, Louwagie’s confirmation that Orban is not for sale has put an end to the speculation surrounding the 20-year-old’s future.