Everton has entered the race to sign Victor Osimhen.
When Nicolas Pepe left LOSC Lille last summer for a record £72 million move to Arsenal, the French club fans and pundits predicted certain degree of downfall as Lille lost one of their most successful players of the team.
Barely 12 months after his exit, LOSC Lille don’t look that bad. ‘Challenging conditions give rise to new leaders’ and that’s what happened at Stade Pierre Mauroy. Nigerian youngster Victor Osimhen has matched the productivity and statistics of Nicolas Pepe to some extent. His 13 goals in Ligue 1 were a major contribution that helped Les Dogues to secure Europa League football next season.
The Nigerian has been a hot property ever since became a household name on the scoring charts. One of the strongest links were to Napoli with Corriere Dello Sport reporting that the Neapolitans were just a step away from securing the 20 year old striker.
Here is where the twist comes in. As per Football Italia, Victor Osimhen prefers a move to a Premier League team and if an offer comes from England he wouldn’t hesitate rejecting a move to Naples.
Chelsea robbed Timo Werner from under Liverpool’s nose, giving a major transfer setback to the newly crowned champions. The Reds are now mulling to sign Osimhen from the Ligue 1 club but it appears Liverpool will have some stiff competition from neighbors Everton for the Nigerian’s signature.
According to AreaNapoli, Everton have entered the race to sign versatile forward Victor Osimhen. The Toffees are one of the latest teams to be linked with the 20 year old striker. The names of Tottenham Hotspur and Bundesliga giants have also come up but there’s no definitive offer from any of these teams.
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So is Victor Osimhen a viable option at Everton? Yes and No. Yes, because of the multidimensional roles he can play in the forward line but a No because he is likely to cost a fortune to the Toffees in this ongoing pandemic era.
The 6 feet 1 inch forward is quick and agile and the tall structure makes it almost impossible to rob possession off him. He is known to deceive the defenders with shoulder drops and sudden change of pace.
He is a solid outlet for goals, generally smashing the ball very cleanly. His versatility to even operate at either wing is an added virtue to his already long list of eye catching qualities.
These traits make him one of the most wanted players in Europe but with too many takers, there is the normal rule of economics that comes into play. Inflation. With more parties wanting the same commodity, the price is likely to shoot up.
So as far as the financial side of the move is concerned, Everton might want to pass on Osimhen because he will definitely cost upwards of £50 million. However, Ancelotti did reveal he has full backing of the club and Farhad Moshiri when it comes to club signings so still a big money signing could still be on the cards.
Should Everton try to sign Victor Osimhen?