Victor Osimhen is wanted by top European clubs, says Lille owner Lopez

Victor Osimhen is wanted by top European clubs, says Lille owner Lopez

- Victor Osimhen has been linked with top European clubs this summer

- The 21-year-old striker has been targeted by Barcelona, Liverpool, Tottenham and now Arsenal

- Lille owner Lopez confirms he has turned down a few offers from Premier League clubs

- The 48-year-old is not ready to do business with any club that will not offer as much as £72m

Nigerian football star Victor Osimhen has been linked with a move to two top Premier League outfits this summer.

The 21-year-old was lethal in his first season in the French League, scoring 18 goals and six assists in 38 appearances across competitions for Lille.

He was brought in by Les Dogues from Sporting Charleroi as a replacement for Ivorian star Nicolas Pepe who joined the Gunners in the club's record fee valued around £72 million.

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According to The Mirror, the club's owner Gerard Lopez admitted that he has already shunned two major offers for the Super Eagles striker.

He told the Daily Mail: "There are multiple offers."We turned down one English and one Spanish offer this January transfer window.

"There is a wide array [this summer] and I wouldn't want to give the names of the clubs who are bidding but what I can tell you is that there are multiple [offers]. There are three championships that have clubs that have bid for him."

It would be recalled that the youngster refused Arsenal's advances shortly after becoming the FIFA U-17 all-time highest goals scorer with 10 goals at the 2015 edition of the championship.

He decided to join German League side Wolfsburg but never got a chance to shine in the Bundesliga.

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Osimhen was sent on to Belgium on loan and was eventually handed a permanent deal by Charleroi having scored 19 goals in 34 appearances.

But, before he could sit tight in Belgium, Lille came calling for him and he got his reign in France off to a flying start.

Meanwhile, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona are said to have shown interest in securing his services according to Lopez but he will not allow the Nigerian to leave for a fee less than that of Pepe's deal.

He added: "I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn't believe that we had the offers we had with [Nicolas] Pepe and it turns out we had multiple of them.

"Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard, the high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received. That's where we are."

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Lille have produced some superb players for the Premier League including Eden Hazard who went ahead to become one of Chelsea's legends and Dimitri Payet, former West Ham United star. earlier reported that Super Eagles duo Victor Osimhen and Moses Simon have been shortlisted for this year's Marc-Vivien Foe prestigious prize alongside nine other African stars.

The annual award, organised by Radio France International and France 24 is put together to recognise African players plying their trade in the European country.

According to, the 11 contenders were announced this weekend with the winner scheduled to be revealed on June 29.

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