Lille Metropole of France striker, Victor Osimhen’s rising profile and transfer prospects have left his club’s top brass torn between two opposing options, as the French Ligue 1 side will now have to quickly decide whether to sell him for a profit and keep him for better results with the team.
Megasportsarena.com can report that this is gained from a confession by Lille’s sporting director, Luis Campos, who stressed that the club would love to keep Osimhen beyond his debut season in France, but equally admits that they already face a stiff battle to keep hold of him.
With Osimhen having scored seven goals this season, including in five straight home matches, the Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup top scorer has attracted virile transfer interest from the English Premier League quartet of Arsenal, Manchester United, Newcastle United and Leicester City as well as Barcelona of Spain, which could mean a lot of money for Lille should they agree to sell.
Latest information out of England indicates that Osimhen is now being watched by Newcastle’s chief scout, Steve Nickson, who is said to be keen on taking the youngster to Saint James’ Park in the January transfer window.
However, topmercato.com reports that Lille are not thinking seriously about selling Osimhen in the January window or even at the end of the season, as they aim to keep him for the long term, which could jettison The Magpies’ hopes of buying the in-form striker in the next three months.
Newcastle’s boss, Steve Bruce wants Osimhen to help turn the club’s fortunes around as they have scored the least number of goals in the English top-flight so far this season, with five goals in nine matches to show, along with the EPL’s basement side, Watford.
Consequently, Bruce is in the market for a striker to bolster his attack when the transfer market reopens for business at the start of 2020 and, though The Toon’s interest has reached Campos, the Lille top shot confessed that the club is torn between accepting a deal for the striker while he is hot, keeping him till the summer before letting him go or hold him till another season.
The odds against Lille now are either for them to make a profit on the 20-year-old former VfL Wolfsburg of Germany striker they only bought from Sporting Charleroi of Belgium this past summer, and Campos admits it will be difficult to keep hold of Osimhen beyond this campaign.
Campos conceded: “I would like to have the best players and continue with them for all seasons. But when you’re in a club like Lille, we have a lot of clubs in front of us. Someone who scores goals is hard to keep. If he continues like this, I think we will be attacked.
“We already have experience of this, it is normal in the current football. Like all players who have arrived at LOSC, the idea is to help them progress and help the club to progress.”