Liverpool, a powerhouse in the English Premier League, has entered the market for Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.
After scoring 31 goals in 39 games to help Napoli win the Serie A title for the first time in more than three decades and end as the league’s top scorer, the 24-year-old is now one of the most sought-after players in the world of football.
According to reports, the Nigerian is also appealing to Chelsea, Manchester United, and PSG.
The Reds are now prepared to compete with these teams to sign the striker, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, with offers anticipated “in the coming days” amid a potential bidding war.
Osimhen is valued at more than £150 million by Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis, but this price may be exorbitant.
The international player from Nigeria moved to Napoli from Lille in the summer of 2020 for €70 million. Since then, he has netted 59 goals in 101 games across all competitions.
Additionally, under Luciano Spalletti’s direction, they won their first Scudetto since 1990, and he had a terrific season during his previous term.
His undeniable technical skills, strength in the air, and ability to fit with manager Jurgen Klopp’s aggressive high-pressing and occasionally direct style of play are thought to have Liverpool interested.
According to Gazzetta, Klopp was considering signing the 25-cap Nigerian international due to Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo’s difficulties on Merseyside.
Nunez, the club’s record acquisition last summer for £85 million, managed just nine league goals, while Gakpo, who made 26 appearances in all competitions and scored seven goals, is not a natural striker.
He may or may not be willing to forgo Champions League play at Napoli in favor of a Europa League campaign at Anfield.
Roberto Calenda, Osimhen‘s agent, and De Laurentiis, who wants to sign the hotshot to a new deal, are reportedly in “open dialogue.”
He, Tottenham striker Harry Kane, and Rasmus Hojlund are all targets for United, who are hoping to add a new striker this summer.
Big-spending French colossi PSG is free to pursue Osimhen since they have already lost star striker Lionel Messi to Inter Miami and may also sell Kylian Mbappe.