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Agent sends Liverpool, Man Utd packing in race for deadly striker

The agent of Liverpool-linked Lille striker Victor Osimhen says his client does not yet have his eyes on a move to the Premier League.

Osimhen signed for Lille last summer as a direct replacement for Arsenal-bound Nicolas Pepe, whose boots he has filled impressively.

The Nigerian provided 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances before the curtailment of Lille’s season in April.

As such, the 21-year-old has been heavily linked in recent months with the Premier League, with Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United all reportedly keen.

What’s more, reports have said Napoli are keen but Osimhen himself shut down such talk.

Speaking to Radio Marte (via Goal), the player’s brother-in-law and agent, Osita Okolo, also rubbished links between his client and the English top flight.

“I can say that, for now, Osimhen hasn’t agreed anything with Napoli or another club,” Okolo said.

“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.”

Okolo continued, adding that Naples may in fact be the “right destination” for his client.

“The real problem with Italy is racism,” the agent said. “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.”


Reports in recent months claim Liverpool and United are keen to add to their attack this summer.

Timo Werner was a top target for the Reds, but the German now looks to be finalising a move to Chelsea.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, meanwhile, are reportedly keen on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho.

More recently, however, Barcelona’s Ansu Fati has been mentioned as a target for the Old Trafford club.

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