By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Victor Osimhem’s much publicized transfer from Lille OSC to SSC Napoli is all, but completed barring any last minute hitch.
The 21-year-old Lagos born striker [Osimhen] who has already passed his medicals is believed to have cost the Neapolitan club a little over €60m.
SPORTS24GHANA.COM understands that the Italian giants have not been able to announced the deal because of some few bottlenecks that has risen up.
But, Lille President Gérard Lopez has explained the reason why the Nigerian striker’s move to Napoli has still yet to be completed, saying that the deal will be announced at the right moment.
“The leagues are overlapping. That is posing a problem in terms of writing the contract,” Gérard Lopez told L’Équipe.
“Our transfer window is not at all aligned with the others. On top of that, the player decided to change agent bang in the middle of the negotiation.
“We had to start again at zero. The player made his choice, Napoli. It is advanced, but we are missing some details. It will be announced at the right moment.
“As it is not yet official, we are continuing to receive other offers. I want to keep good relationships with these clubs too. So I am managing their expectations. It is not a linear transfer.
“The French market was open before closing [until 15th August]. In Italy, the market is opening in September. So we need a multitude of contracts to cover all eventualities, notably penalties,” he concluded.
Meanwhile, former Wolfsburg coach Martin Schmidt believes the Nigerian striker will settle quickly at Napoli.
“Victor is a good player, very good in pressing. He is aggressive, he finishes well, he has great quality and strength in duels too,” Schmidt who worked with the striker in Germany told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
“His mentality and passion fit well Napoli’s philosophy. Maybe he needs to improve his tactics.
“I know tactics are very important in Italian football. He’s a great athlete, very fast, plays with both feet, but he still has some potential to develop tactically.”
Schmidt, however, noted that Osimhen has matured and it is his mentality that’ll help him settle quickly.
The Nigerian forward joined Lille OSC on August 11, 2019 and scored a brace in his Ligue 1 debut against Nantes.
He finished the season scoring 13 goals in 25 Ligue 1 matches, finishing the season as Lille’s top scorer.