18-goal striker linked with Liverpool, Tottenham denies Napoli transfer

Date published: Friday 5th June 2020 10:59 - Matthew Briggs

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Liverpool, Spurs and Manchester United strike target Victor Osimhen has denied reports that he has agreed a join Napoli.

The 21-year-old is a man in demand, according to Lille owner Gerard Lopez, after a stellar debut season in Ligue 1, notching 18 goals across all competitions.

Liverpool, Tottenham and Man Utd have all been linked with the Nigeria international with several outlets, including Brila.net, claiming that Osimhen has agreed a deal with Serie A club Napoli.

However, Osimhen has labelled the stories as “fake news”.

He told Omasports: “The news relating to my agreement with Napoli is false. I am surprised by these journalists who claim to be professionals. Ignore this fake news on my account, when there is an agreement for my transfer you will know it directly from me.”

Osimhen only joined Lille from Sporting Charleroi prior to the 2019-20 season, but such is his stature that he looks set to move on again this summer.

Lopez confirmed the English interest recently when he revealed he “turned down one English” offer in the January transfer window.

Now, he has elaborated further on the interest in the club’s star striker, citing the hefty £72m fee they received from the sale of Nicolas Pepe last summer as a prime example of the sort of deal he is looking for.


Multiple offers for Osimhen

“There are multiple offers,” Lopez told The Daily Mail.

“We turned down one English and one Spanish offer this January transfer window.

“There is a wide array [this summer] and I wouldn’t want to give the names of the clubs who are bidding but what I can tell you is that there are multiple [offers]. There are three championships that have clubs that have bid for him.”

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Le 10 Sport reported recently that Liverpool were leading the race for Osimhen and on 21-year-old midfielder Boubakary Soumare, who is believed to be interesting some of the world’s biggest clubs.

However, according to Les Cahiers du Football editor Abdellah Boulma, the £75m bid, plus bonuses came from Jose Mourinho at Tottenham.

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