Osimhen Still A Lille Player – Napoli

Victor Osimhen

BEVERLY HILLS, July 4, (THEWILL) – Napoli’s coach, Gennaro Gattuso, has refuted claims that the club is close to signing Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, stressing that Victor remains a Lille player for now.

THEWILL recalls that the Nigerian striker has been linked to the Italian club but Gattuso insists he would not comment about a player that is not Napoli’s.

“He [Osimhen] is currently a Lille player. I cannot comment,” Gattuso told the press after Napoli’s 2-0 defeat by high-flying Atalanta.

He stated that the club will spend in the transfer market but it must be a player with quality.

He said: “We will do little on the market, 70-80% [of players] will remain and whoever arrives will have to give us quality and quantity.

“For this, we must raise the bar because many will remain and we must improve.”

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However, Osimhen’s agent, Osita Okolo, has confirmed that the Super Eagles striker has met with Gattuso and club president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

“Napoli’s interest is important. De Laurentiis and the manager [Gattuso] really like Victor. There have already been several contacts,” Okolo told TuttoMercato.

“Victor likes Naples, a fantastic city, and obviously he also likes Napoli as a team. The interest of a big Italian [club] personally does not surprise me considering how well he did with Lille.”