L’Équipe report that Nigerian international forward Victor Osimhen has declined approaches in recent hours from Manchester United and Liverpool, as he hones in on completing a move to Napoli this weekend.
Yesterday, Lille and Napoli negotiated throughout the entire day to try to find an agreement to close the transfer, but the player neither underwent a medical nor signed a 6-year contract with the Serie A club as had been planned.
His decision to change agent to William D’Avila remains the principal issue that needs resolving as his former representative, Jean-Gérard Benoit Czajka, is threatening all relevant parties with legal action, incensed by the idea that he and his associates could miss out on remuneration for years of work behind getting Osimhen to the position that he is now in.
Lawyers have gotten involved to the point that certain parties feel confident that Osimhen’s signing with Napoli can still occur this weekend.
During this week of hullabaloo, Premier League duo Manchester United and Liverpool both made fresh approaches for Osimhen, but both of which were rebuffed politely by the player, who now does not want to go back on his decision to join Napoli. He feels he now has a moral engagement with them.
Osimhen wants this resolved as quickly as possible so that he can take a few days worth of holiday in Nigeria. On Lille’s side, they remain confident that the deal will be concluded.
Les Dogues however remain inflexible on their €81m asking price for the Nigerian, with Gérard Lopez having been in Naples yesterday…