Transfer fee no issue, as Klopp’s interest in £75m man remains high

Date published: Wednesday 1st July 2020 12:55 - Matthew Briggs

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Jurgen Klopp remains “very interested” in Lille striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports in France.

The striker, who was believed to be the subject of a £75m from Jose Mourinho at Spurs, has been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea previously.

At the start of May Telefoot claimed Lille had received an offer for the 21-year-old striker, with Les Cahiers du Football editor Abdellah Boulma later caliming Tottenham were the bidders.

Osimhen’s agent Ariyo Igbayilola later revealed that the striker would not consider a move unless Harry Kane left the north London club.

Meanwhile, Le 10 Sport had reported that Liverpool were leading the race for Osimhen and now L’Equipe state Liverpool’s  interest remains.




The Lille player is believed to have flown to Naples for transfer talks and to take a look around the city on Tuesday.

With Sports Witness claiming “in France there was talk of Napoli paying a fee as high as €80m, whereas the media closest to Napoli were reporting a fee much closer to €40m”.


Transfer fee ‘no problem’ for Liverpool

However, Wednesday’s edition of L’Equipe includes Liverpool in the running and claims that any transfer fee “shouldn’t be a problem” for the Premier League champions.

There has been no firm approach from Anfield and that fits with their public stance that no big-money signings will arrive this summer.

Chief executive Peter Moore admitted in April that there was “a massive downturn in revenue” while outgoings remained throughout the crisis.

And more recently Jurgen Klopp has claimed transfers are on hold at Anfield, admitting: “Covid has of course influenced both sides with ins and outs, that is completely normal.

“It’s just not likely that it will be the most busy summer in the world. But maybe at a later point in the year, if the transfer window is still open and we know more, then maybe something could happen.”

Whether Liverpool are playing a game remains to be seen, but Neil Mellor is certain that Klopp will be handed the money for a marquee signing if he insists this summer.


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