An unnamed club has reportedly lodged an €85 million bid with Lille for Victor Osimhen, who is a target for Manchester United and Chelsea.
According to French outlet Telefoot, Lille have received a bid worth €85 million from an unnamed club for Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian striker is reportedly also being tailed by Manchester United and Chelsea over a move in the summer transfer window.
Osimhen joined Lille from RSC Charleroi last summer and made an instant impact at the Ligue 1 club. Now that the 2019-20 season has officially ended in France, and with Lille not in Europe, the 21-year-old’s final tally for the campaign reads a solid 18 goals and 6 assists in 38 appearances.
The player’s progress in his maiden season with Lille has not gone unnoticed. In fact, The Sun have reported that Manchester United and Chelsea are among the clubs that have been left impressed by Osimhen and have been plotting a summer move for him.
Manchester United have seen Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial take more responsibility this season and excelling in more influential roles. However, there is still a sense that Martial could do with some competition till Mason Greenwood is deemed ready to become a regular. If United don’t sign Odion Ighalo permanently, they will need to sign some other striker.
To that end, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is one of a number of strikers linked with a switch to Old Trafford. Osimhen is the latest to be added to that shortlist and is a viable target for United with his pacy style of play and the ability to play across the frontline. As for Chelsea, the Blues appear to be in the same boat as Manchester United.
Tammy Abraham has enjoyed a stellar 2019-20 campaign, but Chelsea have struggled when he has been unavailable. Michy Batshuayi continues to be unimpressive, while Olivier Giroud could leave in search of regular game time. Like Manchester United, Chelsea are also said to be in pursuit of Aubameyang, with Dries Mertens another fowards linked lately.
Apart from Manchester United and Chelsea, the likes of Tottenham and Inter Milan also have Osimhen in their sights, while Liverpool have even contacted Lille over the possibility of signing the 21-year-old, as per The Sun. Now, though, an unnamed club has put an €85 million bid on the table for Les Dogues, according to Telefoot.
Bear in mind, this unnamed club could be Manchester United, Chelsea or any of the suitors named already. If not, though, both United and Chelsea ought to pull their socks up in order to prise Osimhen away from Lille.
Chelsea would be hoping to make good on their strong relations with Lille in order to land Osimhen having also attempted to sign Gabriel Magalhaes from the Ligue 1 outfit. As for Manchester United, it remains to be seen if they are willing to take the required steps to sign the Nigerian striker.