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Report: Liverpool set to miss out as Victor Osimhen lands in Napoli

Victor Osimhen has landed in Naples ahead of discussions with Napoli, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly want the player, too.

This comes from two separate sources in Italy. Both Gazzetta Dello Sport and CalcioMercato say that Osimhen is in Naples and talks are imminent.

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It firmly puts Napoli at the head of the queue for Osimhen, then. The Nigerian looks likely to leave Lille and demand is high – if you believe reports over the last few months.

We first came to hear about a move in April, when Le10Sport claimed that Liverpool wanted Osimhen. His agent then confirmed that Liverpool had made contact. There was a stumbling block, of course, in Lille’s £70m asking price.

Whether Napoli are willing to pay that, or have simply negotiated a lower fee, we don’t know. In fact, Gazzetta believes there’s still some way to getting this one over the line.

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But if the player has travelled to Naples, it’s safe to say that they’re the likely permanent destination.

 

What RTK has to say

This one looked like a long-shot the second we learned of the £70m asking price. Osimhen has impressed for Lille but he’s still an unknown quantity and thus that price is a risk.

Napoli appear more prepared to take such a risk, though. Juventus supposedly want Arkadiusz Milik and thus Napoli will need a replacement if he goes.

Osimhen, as one of the most exciting young forwards in Europe, is about as good an opportunity as they can hope for.

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But it’s a move too pricey for Liverpool to consider. Osimhen wouldn’t even play regularly to begin with and that only harms the chances of him developing properly. At that point, what are you paying £70m for?

So as talented as Osimhen may be, a move to Liverpool doesn’t make sense. Napoli, however, could be ideal.

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