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Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen has become the proverbial beautiful bride as a huge huge ‘£75million offer has been tabled for him. Daily Mail of the UK has reported that attention around the Nigerian youngster hots up ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 21-year-old season is now over after Ligue 1 was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Osimhen’s goal tally frozen at 13 and Lille in fourth place. 

The Ligue 1 and Nigerian star is set to be hot property in the summer transfer window

Osimhen earned his move to France after scoring 20 goals for Belgian side Charleroi in 2018-19, and is likely to again be on the move when summer business starts.  

The forward already has an option to consider, with Telefoot reporting that an unnamed club have offered £75m including bonuses for the player. 

Liverpool are reportedly among the teams keeping an eye on the forward with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah for up to six weeks next January during the Africa Cup of Nations next year, although the Reds are not expected to spend big this summer.

Chelsea are also said to be monitoring the striker after he scored a header against Frank Lampard’s side in the Blues’ 2-1 victory at the Stade Pierre Mauroy in the Champions League group stages. 

Osimhen scored a header against Chelsea in the Champions League groups stages this term

Lille failed to register a win during Osimhen’s first ever Champions League campaign, but the youngster managed two goals. 

The west London side have good memories from negotiations with Lille, after beating Europe’s elite for the signing of Eden Hazard from the French side back in 2012. 

Inter Milan, Manchester United and Tottenham are all also reportedly keeping an eye on the youngster. 

It is undecided how French football chiefs will decide on European qualification for next season, but if the table is taken as it stands Lille would drop into the Europa League next term, which could influence Osimhen’s decision.  

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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