- As transfer rumors and reports continue, the Super Eagles forward were expected in the Campania capital to finalize a deal but, his agent has provided an update on the proposed transfer.
Reports claim that the 21-year-old will jet off to Naples to complete a deal thought to be in the region of €50–60 million but his agent has raised serious concerns.
According to Osita Okolo, the representative of Victor Osimhen, the interest by Napoli in his player is ‘important’.
“Napoli’s interest is important. De Laurentis and the manager (Gattuso) really like Victor. There have already been several contacts,” Okolo said.
Okolo revealed no agreement reached yet, as some reports claim, insisting he is still a Lille player.
“This is not true; to date, no prior agreement has been reached with Naples. We will see what will happen with Lille, to which Osimhen belongs,” he continued.
He says Osimhen is fond of the city of Naples which is located in southern Italy and interest in him from a big club like Napoli that has sported greats like Diego Maradona and Gonzalo Higuain, is only natural.
“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,” Okolo revealed.
He continued that there is the question of racism that is very rife in Italy with players such as Napoli center-back Kalidou Koulibaly targeted. Okolo acknowledges the problem and insists this is where the ball lies in Osimhen’s court to make a decision.
“If we talk about Serie A, however, many other factors must be considered,” Okolo stated.
“The racism issue, in Italy there is a big problem from my point of view, unfortunately, it is a widespread phenomenon. In any case, the final word on its future will be up to Victor and no one else,” he concluded.
Napoli’s interest in the Nigerian comes after a fine display at Lille where Osimhen scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 competitive games that earned him the prize of the club’s player of the season and the Marc-Vivien Foe Award as the best African in Ligue 1.