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Osimhen To Leave Lille This Summer; Napoli Intensify Interest

Osimhen To Leave Lille This Summer;  Napoli Intensify Interest

Victor Osimhen may have played his last game for Lille judging by the revelation of the club’s boss, Christophe Galtier that the Super Eagles striker will leave this summer’s transfer window.

Osimhen has been in scintillating ever since joining Lille from Sporting Charleroi of Belgium last year summer, netting 18 goals and making six assists in 38 appearances across all competitions.

The 21-year-old who scored two goals in the Champions League also scooped a major award after the Nigerian attacking ace was voted as Lille’s best player of the 2019/20 French Ligue 1 season.

Lille chief coach, Galtier has now gone ahead to make a confirmation that Napoli targets, Osimhen and Gabriel are leaving the French top-flight outfit this summer.

The pair helped Lille to fourth on the Ligue 1 standings and a place in next season’s Europa League but Galtier accepts they will be moving on in the coming months.

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“Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I have known for a long time that they are leaving,” the French tactician said at a press conference which took place on Friday.

“They are working hard with us in the meantime. We are working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace him (Osimhen). Of course, the club is working to replace them.”

Napoli appear to be willing to do everything within their power to land the signature of Osimhen this summer by offering Lille the sum of €40m and a player for the Nigerian striker.

The Partenopei are ready to use 2019 Africa Cup of Nations-winning midfielder, Adam Ounas as a makeweight in their bid to sign the Lille goal poacher, according to reports from Italy.

Le 10 Sport while making reference to Italian sports daily, Tuttosport last week revealed that Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis has a good relationship with his Lille counterpart, Gerard Lopez.

And as a result, the transfer of Osimhen could be completed for €40m with Napoli’s Algerian star, Ounas who spent last season on loan at Ligue 1 side, OGC Nice moving in the opposite direction.

By Oluyemi Ogunseyin

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