Tuesday July 7 2020
Exclusive: Osimhen turns down Napoli

Sources close to Victor Osimhen confirm to Football Italia that the Lille striker will reject a move to Napoli, as he is waiting for a Premier League offer instead.

The Nigeria international visited the Napoli facilities, coach Gennaro Gattuso’s home and the house of President Aurelio De Laurentiis on the island of Capri.

He asked for a few days to think about it, but after weeks of charm offensive from both clubs and his entourage, the Nigeria international has decided against the transfer.

Our sources close to Osimhen confirm he feels pressured into the move to Napoli, hurt by the fact his agent worked out all the details before asking for his opinion.

It is not a rejection of Napoli per se, we are assured, but rather an internal issue with his entourage, Lille and the way the matter was handled.

Osimhen has his eyes on a Premier League move and is reportedly waiting for Arsenal or Manchester United to step forward.

Napoli had been due to pay the €50m fee, with a huge salary, but the 21-year-old is not making this a move about money.

He scored 18 goals in 38 competitive games for Lille this season, along with six assists.

Lille signed Osimhen from Charleroi for €14m a year ago.

There were also reports in the French media today that Inter were making a bid for Osimhen, but that has already been discounted by both Sportitalia and our sources close to the player.

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