Ghana Premier League champions Hearts of Oak could lose Raddy Ovouka for free before start of next season despite the left back contracted at Phobia until 2023.
The Congolese International has attracted a lot of interest from France with unnamed club ready to splash the cash on Hearts in exchange for their left back.
However, the Phobians knee on keeping their prize asset and attempt to keep hold on the player for longer, the Ghanaian side have reportedly rejected a bid from France club though not a Ligue 1 team.
Ovouka is still connected to Hearts of Oak for the next two seasons and the Ghanaian side are even prepared to offer the Congolese a new contract extension of three more years that will tie him down until June 2026.
The 26-year old who joined Hearts in January 2018 has played crucial role in the clubs’ league title winning this season after being touted the best left-back in the just ended Ghana Premier League.
He made over 20 league appearances to emerge as one of the most capped Hearts players in the domestic competition this season.
With the Ghanaian side entering into next season’s Caf Champion League, a keep of stars including Ovouka is a major priority at Hearts. However, the Ghanaian champions are battling with foreign interest in the Congolese International even assuming they have control over the player’s future.
What worsen Hearts’ stance on losing Ovouka is that they don’t have full mandate over the Congolese’s future due to a discovered clause in the player’s current contract.
According to Ghanaian portal GhanaSoccerNet, there is a buy-out clause in Ovouka’s contract at Hearts of Oak that allows the Dr Congo man to leave for free without Hearts’ prevention. But only when the buy-out clause is activated- that’s when an amount of $375,000 is paid to Hearts of Oak.
Ovouka himself can raise and pay that huge amount of money to his club or a another club can do exactly that or a club can submit an initial loan offer to the Ghana Premier League champions with option to buy permanently when the loan is expired.
Any of these conditions allow Ovouka to enter into talks with any club of his choice except for only the club that may pay the $375,000 to Hearts or the club to may submit the loan offer.
This means once the amount of $375,000 paid to Hearts’ especially by the Congolese International, Ovouka can leave the Accra based side.
It’s understood that the player may prefer a move into Europe and his entourage could find a gateway for the left back to leave the Ghana Premier League.
In March, Ovouka received a call up to Dr Congo in Afcon qualifiers against Senegal and Guinea Bissau due to his improved performances.