Friday June 5 2020
'Osimhen could join Napoli, but...'

Victor Osimhen’s brother-in-law claims negotiations are ‘ongoing’ with Napoli for the Lille forward but warns Italy has a ‘real problem’ with racism.

Osimhen denied already having a deal with Napoli just yesterday, but Osita Okolo – who also acts as a representative for the player – is more optimistic about the Partenopei’s chances.

“Osimhen hasn’t reached an agreement with Napoli,” he told Radio Marte.

“The player returned to Nigeria, he had to self-isolate and lost his dad not long after. There was no time for him to make certain decisions.

“I can say that, for now, Osimhen hasn’t agreed anything with Napoli or another club. I can also deny that he dreams of going to the Premier League.

“I don’t know why [the press] says certain things. Naples is a fantastic city and Napoli are a very good team.

“I’m always honoured whenever I hear these links, but for now there’s no deal in place, even if negotiations with them are ongoing.

“He wants to play regularly, we’re not going to repeat certain bad experiences from the past.

“The Napoli fans are fantastic, their stadium is beautiful. I can only speak well of Naples and its team.”

Racism remains a huge issue in Italian football, so Okolo was asked whether it could deter the 22-year-old from making the move.

“The real problem with Italy is racism. I know it happens all over Europe, but in Italy it happens a bit more often compared to elsewhere.

“I know Napoli fans aren’t racist. I have the video of them wearing masks for Koulibaly.

“Although Napoli fans aren’t racist, many others are. Naples may be the right destination for Victor, but he still must make a decision.”

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