The Reds’ attacking line has been terrifying defences since it finally came together in 2017. Bobby Firmino was followed by Sadio Mane who was in turn followed by Mo Salah, when all the pieces came together it just clicked – ever since they have been obliterating opposition. However, they could have added a new band member recently. According to the player’s agent, Napoli had to do ‘everything’ to sign Victor Osimhen ahead of Liverpool.
Liverpool interest in Osimhen
The Reds interest would’ve been understandable, the 21-year-old was a leading light for Lille last season, bagging 13 goals and five assists in 27 league games.
At just 21-years-old this is an impressive haul, particularly when you have the burden of being the side’s main man up top.
Napoli sign Osimhen
Napoli this summer signed Victor Osimhen for a reported fee of around €81.3m, making him the most expensive African footballer of all time.
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The saga dragged on and on with the player apparently switching agents in the home leg with the incoming executive allegedly determined to get the player to the Premier League.
Osimhen’s Italian representative, Roberto Caldena has alleged that Liverpool were still in the running until the end, telling Radio Marte:
“Napoli did everything to get him: the negotiation was exhausting. I can say that it was a well-conducted negotiation by the parties, which began long ago.
“[It was a] difficult operation, Tottenham and Liverpool wanted Osimhen until the end, even Barcelona initially wanted him to replace Suarez. But Napoli did everything, they wanted him and took him.”
What RTK has to say
I’m not sure I buy this one.
The Reds couldn’t afford Timo Werner at £53m, why should we believe that we were after a player with half the amount of goals at double the price?
This is likely a move by the agent to hype up his player, earning him more money in the future.
Whilst the Reds do need another striking option, we aren’t convinced that Osimhen was ever this option.