Lille to complete €14 million deal for Nigerian Golden Shoe Winner
Victor Osimhen, who scored 19 goals in 35 league appearances for Sporting Charleroi last term, is heavily linked with a move to Lille, who are eager to bring the Nigerian attacker to Stade Pierre-Mauroy in the summer transfer window. Lille owners are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with the Nigerian rising star, but it remains to be seen if Sporting Charleroi chiefs are willing to accept the bid. Should les Dogues happen to sign Victor Osimhen, the pacey striker will have a chance to prove his worth in the Champions League as Christophe Galtier’s charges represent France in the elite competition this term.
History breaking deal
Over the years Sporting Charleroi have established themselves as a mid-table side in the Belgian First Division. The Zebras finished the 2018/2019 season in ninth position in the standings, with Nigeria attacker Victor Osimhen scoring 12 goals in the process. The former Wolfsburg man scored seven goals in other competitions as well, finishing the campaign as the highest ranked Nigerian footballer in the European Golden Shoe rankings (28.5 points).
Victor Osimhen now wants to take a step forward in his career and he is on the verge of becoming the most expensive sale in the history of Sporting Charleroi. Lille made a €12 million + €2 in add-ons bid for the Nigerian attacker, which would break the six million euros fee Charleroi chiefs collected from selling Cristian Benavente to Pyramids of Egypt. It is hoped that he can become the kind of international star that Daniel Amokachi – the new brand ambassador at betBonanza.com – became.
Adequate replacement for Nicolas Pepe
Seeing that Lille president Gerard Lopez has confirmed that the transfer of Nicolas Pepe, who impressed in the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign, “is almost done”, Victor Osimhen is widely expected to join les Dogues before the transfer window closes. The Ivory Coast international scored no fewer than 22 goals in the French top flight last term and it is no wonder both Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in signing the 24-year-old.
Given their similar style of play, many football experts that Victor Osimhen would be an adequate replacement for Nicolas Pepe. Considering that the Ivory Coast attacker is estimated at €70 million. Lille management will have enough money to reinforce both back-line and midfield as well should they happen to bring Osimhen to Stade Pierre-Mauroy for a €12 + €2 million.
Champions League challenge
Unlike Umar Sadiq, who will take part in the Europa League with Partizan this season, Victor Osimhen could have a chance to shine in the Champions League as Lille finished the 2018/2019 Ligue 1 campaign in second position in the standings.
Les Dogues have big ambitions for the upcoming campaign in the elite competition and, no doubt, the club owners will be very active in the summer. Victor Osimhen can’t wait for the deal with the Ligue 1 to be closed as playing in the Champions League is undisputedly the best way possible to prove your worth. You should bear in mind that the Nigeria international, who won the bronze medal with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, has yet to make his debut in the elite competition.
Back Lille to secure a top-three finish in Ligue 1
French tactician Christophe Galtier is doing a great job with Lille. The 52-year-old coach has a number of young and talented footballers to choose from and it is more than obvious that les Dogues are building a team for the future. However, seeing that Lille impressed in the French top flight last term and given the fact that the club chiefs will profit from selling key attacker Nicolas Pepe, we are positive that yet another successful season is ahead of the Ligue 1 vice-champions. Lille are 11/4 at 888sport to finish the season in top three.
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