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.”
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.”