Tuesday Jul 07, 2020. 16:00
Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has met SSC Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso and club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
This according to the 21-year-old marksman’s agent Osita Okolo, who is waiting for his client to decide his future having impressed at French side Lille OSC during the 2019/20 campaign.
Former French Ligue 1 champions Lille are open to selling the talented striker to the Italian giants Napoli ahead of the 2020/21 season.
“Victor went to Naples with his representatives. We talked and exchanged views on the city: the impressions were good, to tell you the truth,” Okolo told Calcio Napoli 24.
“Victor isn’t always shy, although he would’ve preferred to make an important decision with less media exposure. After meeting De Laurentiis, Giuntoli and Gattuso, he told me he needed some time to make a decision, without any pressure.
“Later this week he’ll drop his concerns and confirm his decision, whether he decides to accept Napoli’s offer or not.”
Okolo revealed that Gattuso promised to give Osimhen regular game at the Little Donkeys, who are perennial top four contenders in the Serie A.
“We’re waiting. [His decision] may come not long after today. The coach made him feel wanted. He believes a lot in [Osimhen’s] ability and what he can do,” he continued.
“Victor told me there was an agreement on everything but that there was still a couple more things to iron out before the final decision: the announcement should be made by tomorrow [July 07].
Osimhen struggled for game time during his two-year spell at German Bundesliga side VFL Wolfsburg where he made 14 league appearances without scoring a single goal.
“I think it’s important for him to have a starting place, to grow further, even if there are no guarantees in the world of football,” he added.
“At Wolfsburg they promised him several things, then they moved the goalposts. Victor doesn’t want to get this decision wrong.
“I think Napoli would be the right place for him to grow, but he has the final say.”