Club chiefs admits to fighting losing battle to keep mooted Liverpool target

Lille president Gerard Lopez has admitted that while he expects striker Victor Osimhen to be at the club next season, there is a possibility he could leave next summer.

Having arrived in Ligue 1 from Belgian side Charleroi in the summer, Osimhen has come to life in the French top flight having scored 13 goals in 25 games.

That record puts him fifth in the league’s scoring charts and, overall, the Nigeria international has scored 18 times in 36 outings this term, an average of a goal every two games.

Such form saw him linked with Liverpool and Tottenham in the January transfer window; the Reds had reportedly been tracking the 21-year-old extensively throughout the first half of the season.

What’s more, Tottenham were looking to sign cover up top following Harry Kane’s injury but eventually failed to bring anyone in.

Speaking to RTL (via Foot Mercato), however, Lopez spoke about the player’s future and revealed that there could come a time when Osimhen decides to move on.

“Osimhen will be at Lille next season,” Lille’s president said.

“Afterwards, there are factors that I cannot control, such as the fact that a club arrives and offers a salary six or eight times higher than what we can offer.

“But I think that sometimes, it is better not to take a big salary and wait until next season.”

Liverpool could look to sign attacking reinforcements this summer, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both set to be absent next winter while on Africa Cup of Nations duty.

 

Jurgen Klopp‘s side have been heavily credited with interest in RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, who has made no secret of his admiration for his compatriot on Merseyside.

In other news, Liverpool restored their 22-point lead at the top of the Premier League on Monday night courtesy of a 3-2 victory over West Ham at Anfield.

Having led early on through Georginio Wijnaldum, goals from Hammers duo Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals looked like they could set Klopp’s side back, but Salah and Mane responded to ensure their side’s victory.

Liverpool are next in action on Saturday when they take on Watford at Vicarage Road.

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