St. Patrick's Athletic have confirmed the sale of James Abankwah to Udinese.
The 18-year old defender will stay at the Inchicore club until July, as he completes his Leaving Cert.
It's been reported that he's commanded a record fee for a League of Ireland player, surpassing the €500,000 Shamrock Rovers received for Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City in 2018.
"I'm buzzing and absolutely delighted that the deal is gone," Abankwah told StPatsFC.com, "I found out last week about the interest, flew out on Monday, had my medical on Tuesday and signed today so I'm really looking forward to it.
"The people here are lovely, they've been very welcoming, the city is very nice.
"I'm feeling very happy right now and I'm lost for words, I'd like to thank St Pat's, Cherry Orchard, Melview FC and Letterkenny Rovers. I'm looking forward to getting going and still have a big six months at St Pat's and my Leaving Cert."
𝘼𝘽𝘼𝙉𝙆𝙒𝘼𝙃 𝙅𝙊𝙄𝙉𝙎 𝙐𝘿𝙄𝙉𝙀𝙎𝙀
James Abankwah has joined Italian Serie A side Udinese for an undisclosed fee 📝
The 18-year-old will remain with St Pat’s on loan until July, he will also complete his Leaving Certificate in June ⚽️
James has been telling us more 🎥 pic.twitter.com/TlnTN9HWDS
— St Patrick's Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) January 26, 2022