Liverpool, Man Utd talk ends as Napoli confirm deal for €60m striker

Date published: Friday 31st July 2020 5:01 - Samuel Bannister

Victor Osimhen

Napoli have confirmed the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille, ending talk of a Premier League move for the Nigerian.

Osimhen enjoyed a fine debut season with Lille in Ligue 1, and has quickly earned the next move in his career.

The striker scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the French side. One of those was against Chelsea in the Champions League, and there were rumours that it would not be his last goal against an English side.

Reports suggested Osimhen was a target for the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United. But Napoli appeared to be the main contenders all along – and now they have got their man.

Despite claims that Tottenham were trying to hijack the deal, Napoli have signed Osimhen on a five-year contract. The fee is reportedly in the region of €60m.

Osimhen will take former Spurs striker Fernando Llorente’s number nine shirt in Naples. He becomes one of the most expensive African players of all-time.

Liverpool were thought to be particularly keen on the 21-year-old before his move. Jurgen Klopp reportedly asked for the player, as he looks to strengthen his title winning side.

Osimhen changed agents midway through his talks with Napoli, which could have given Liverpool a chance to sneak in, but he has ended up in Serie A as previously expected.

While the exact fee is unknown, Napoli have definitely broken their transfer record to sign Osimhen. It was previously the €38m they paid for Hirving Lozano last summer.

“Can’t wait to put on this iconic jersey, thank you for the warm welcome Napoli,” Osimhen wrote on Twitter.


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