Tuesday Jul 28, 2020. 13:00
Lille OSC president Gerard Lopez says the French club is still receiving offers for Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen – despite the player being close to a move to Italian giants Napoli.
The 21-year-old is on the cusp of a big-money transfer to the Serie A side, but the fact that it has yet to be confirmed has resulted in other clubs continuing to bid for the Super Eagles star.
“The Championships overlap. This poses a problem of exit and writing of contract. Our transfer window is not at all modelled on the others,” Lopez told L’Equipe.
“In addition, the player decided to change agents in the middle of the negotiation. We had to start all over again. The player has made his choice, Napoli.
“It’s advanced, details are missing. It will be announced when the time comes. ”
He continued: “As it’s not yet official, we continue to have other offers. I want to keep good relations with these clubs too. So I manage their expectations. It is a transfer which is not linear.
“The market in France opened before closing (until August 15). In Italy, the transfer window opens in September. So you need a multitude of contracts to cover all eventualities, for example penalties.”
Osimhen netted 18 goals across all competitions last season for Lille and has become one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market.