Lille President: Why Osimhen’s Napoli Deal Announcement Is Being Delayed

Lille President: Why Osimhen’s Napoli Deal Announcement Is Being Delayed

Lille President Gérard Lopez has opened up to state the reasons the transfer of Victor Osimhen to Napoli has been protracted, telling L’Équipe that the Nigerian will be playing his club football in Naples next season despite the delay in announcing his arrival at the club and offers coming from more clubs.

“The leagues are overlapping. That is posing a problem in terms of writing the contract. Our transfer window is not at all aligned with the others. On top of that, the player decided to change agent bang in the middle of the negotiation. We had to start again at zero. The player made his choice, Napoli. It is advanced, but we are missing some details. It will be announced at the right moment,” Lopez told L’Équipe, revealing that more offers have continued to pour in for the Nigerian.

Lopez added: ”As it is not yet official, we are continuing to receive other offers. I want to keep good relationships with these clubs too. So I am managing their expectations. It is not a linear transfer.

“The French market was open before closing (until 15th August). In Italy, the market is opening in September. So we need a multitude of contracts to cover all eventualities, notably penalties.”

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Meanwhile, Osimhen who has been stressed out by the prolonged new contract issues, is already in Paris with his friend and Villarreal winger, Samuel Chukwueze, on holidays, leaving his agent William D’Avila to tidy up the contract with Napoli and Lille chiefs.

Osimhen scored 13 goals in 27 Ligue 1 games for the modest French side, and 18 in all completions before the Covid-19 pandemic forced the in recess and the eventual cancellation.

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