Liverpool have started negotiations for Manchester United target Victor Osimhen, according to reports from Le10 Sport.
The Nigerian, born in Lagos, has been in fine form over in Ligue 1 in France. Before the coronavirus struck he returned an impressive 13 goals and five assists in 27 games, not bad for his debut season in North France.
Osimhen only made the move to Lille OSC back in August 2019, in a £12m move from RSC Charleroi who play their football in the Belgian Jupiter Pro League.
This impressive form has inevitably captured the interest of Europe’s elite clubs with Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea all believed to be monitoring the Nigerian’s situation.
The reports from LE10 Sport suggest that the Merseyside giants are in the process of proposing a potential contract package to the player’s representatives.
Lille OSC are believed to be demanding a fee of around £60m for them to allow their prized asset to make a move.
A move to the Premier League could be the youngsters most likely destination, with Osimhen earlier in the month speaking of his desire to make the move over to the Premier League.
Speaking to the Independent, he revealed he had been in contact with fellow countryman Odion Ighalo, currently on loan at Manchester United, regarding a possible move to England.
“Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,” he says of the interest. “I’ve spoken to Odion [Ighalo] about it. He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother.”
He goes on to explain ‘’My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.’’
With that in mind, Jurgen Klopp will need to convince the Nigerian forward that he has an important role to play at the World Champions, most likely challenging the current front three in providing competition for their positions.
Liverpool, who have recently been linked heavily with Timo Werner, are certainly in the market to strengthen their attacking outlet and a move for the pacy striker may develop further over the coming weeks.
Will Manchester United be able to promise their target man more playing time? It certainly seems there will be no lack of interest in the Nigerian, whenever the summer window may open.