Victor Osimhen: Lille want €80m from Liverpool for Nigerian striker this summer
- Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to Liverpool this summer
- The 20-year-old was impressive for Lille in his debut season after scoring 13 league goals
- The French club has now told the Reds they must cough out about €80m for the Nigerian forward
French League giants Lille are reportedly willing to allow Nigerian star Victor Osimhen to join Liverpool this summer provided they meet his valuation.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the Super Eagles striker and football transfer expert Duncan Castles claims they have established contact with the Ligue 1 side.
Osimhen only joined Lille from Belgian side Sporting Charleroi last summer and he recorded 13 league goals in 28 appearances in his debut season.
According to UK Express, the 2019 AFCON bronze medal winner has been tipped to be among top forwards next season - reasons they are hoping to cash in on player now.
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"The information I have is that Liverpool have been in contact with Lille about their Nigeria center-forward Victor Osimhen," Castles said on the Transfer Window podcast.
"He's attracting attention from a lot of clubs and has been fulfilling the potential he showed when he won the Golden Boot at the World Youth Cup a few years ago, scoring 10 goals in that particular tournament in Chile.
"They are open to selling him this summer but only if the market provides them with the right price.
"And they're very conscious that this may well not be the transfer window to sell a player of his talent. That will factor into their thinking.
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"They believe they've got a player who is going to turn into one of the top center-forwards in European football."
Castles revealed that Lille have slapped a price tag of about €80 million (£69.5m) on the Nigerian forward and would not hesitate to keep him if that price is not matched.
"He's a different kind of player to the type Liverpool have in attack and would allow them to expand their options," he added.
"Were they able to secure him and bed him into the squad, then you have potentially a top player for a decade to come.
"Pricing, the figure I'm hearing from Lille is that they will not sell for less than 80m this summer, which gives you a sense of how good they expect the player to be.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian football star Victor Osimhen appears to have done well enough in his first year in France to attract three top Premier League clubs.
Reports claim the trio of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are impressed with the former youth international and would give everything to secure his services at the end of this season.
The 21-year-old who won bronze medal with the Super Eagles at 2019 AFCON tourney in Egypt last summer is in his first season at his Ligue 1 club Lille and has scored 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances in all competitions.
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