Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and his Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were both eager to sign Victor Osimhen from Lille and even spoke to the forward on the phone about a potential switch, according to reports coming out of the United Kingdom.
The Nigerian international penned a £45million move from Lille to the Serie A outfit Napoli late last week, ending a long-running saga about his next destination.
The next chapter @officialsscnapoli is a very exciting one and I can’t wait to get on the pitch with the team , I want to thank the fans through the last few weeks,and I will definitely give my all on pitch for the common good of the club🙏🏽#ForzaNapoliSempre 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/zIGWTLpSeI
— victor osimhen (@victorosimhen9) July 31, 2020
Top clubs in Europe were reportedly linked with the 31-goal former Golden Eaglers striker, who is very highly rated on the continent.
The likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal were linked with the 21-year-old, with scouts sent to watch him.
Liverpool and Manchester United were also mentioned as potential transfer destinations, and reports coming out of France claim this is true.
L’Equipe say that Reds boss Klopp and Red Devils counterpart Solskjaer spoke to Osimhen recently on the phone.
Liverpool have been on the lookout for another forward to help ease the pressure of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
Klopp was initially planning ahead for next January, when Salah and Mane were set to jet off to the Africa Cup of Nations.
The competition has since been postponed until 2022 due to the coronavirus, leaving Liverpool additional time in the transfer market.
On the other hand, Solskjaer was hunting for more attacking reinforcements to help bolster his squad for next campaign.
United’s trio of Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, and Anthony Martial started to fire towards the end of the last season, but another out and out goalscorer is still needed.
Interestingly, it looked like Osimhen could have easily ended up in the Premier League with his former agent eager on his move to England, but that was not to be after both parties ended their business relationship.