Nigeria international and Lille point man, Victor Osimhen, could be on his way to being ranked among the costliest African player in world football with reports indicating an €81 million (about £73.4 million) move away from France to Napoli in Italy
Reports making the rounds said Osimhen has already entered into negotiations with the Italian clubside, having made up his mind to dump French Ligue 1 for the more competitive Serie A.
Having decided to team up with the Parthenopeans, the reports on Goal.com hinted that the deal could be completed as early as Thursday, July 16, 2020
The Nigerian forward has been linked with a number of European clubs following his eye-catching performances for Christophe Galtier’s men in the 2019-20 season.
The Parthenopeans have, however, been leading the race to secure his signature and the striker was believed to be close to securing a move to the side last month but his agent raised the issue of racism in Italy.
Recently, Senegalese international Kalidou Koulibaly revealed that the Super Eagles attacker called him to make an enquiry about racial discrimination in the country and advised him on steps to take if he eventually joins the Parthenopeans.
Goal.com gathered the 21-year-old forward recently changed his agent which led to the delay in wrapping up his transfer to the Stadio San Paolo outfit.
The striker is now close to sealing an €81 million move to the Parthenopeans which is subject to successful medical examinations, having been swayed by manager Gennaro Gattuso’s genuine interest in him.
According to L’Equipe, Osimhen could complete his move to the side on Thursday and it is believed the striker will earn seven times more money than he currently earns at Lille.
Last summer the French outfit sold Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for £72 million but Osimhen’s deal could be the best ever for the Mastiffs.
The forward joined the Stade Pierre-Mauroy outfit last summer from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi and impressed in his debut campaign with the side.
The 21-year-old scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions, winning the club’s Player of the Season award and the Marc Vivien Foe Best Ligue 1 African Player prize in the process.
The forward burst into the limelight at the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile, where he won the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards in Nigeria’s march to winning the prized title.
The Ultimate Strikers Academy graduate, who currently has nine caps for the Super Eagles, will link up with Koulibaly if his transfer is successful. – With Goal.com reports