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Lille on the hunt for Osimhen’s replacement–Galtier

Osimhen has been the toast of several clubs in Europe

Lille has announced that they are working to replace Nigeria international, Victor Osimhen who is set to leave the club this summer.

Osimhen has been the toast of several clubs in Europe

 

The exit of the Nigerian and teammate Gabriel was confirmed by the club’s manager Christophe Galtier at a press conference.

‘Regarding Victor and Gabriel, yes, I’ve known for a long time that they’re leaving.’

‘They’re working hard with us in the meantime. We’re working on the players who are currently here and those likely to replace them.

‘Of course, the club is working to replace him [Osimhen].’

Osimhen has been in stellar form for the Ligue 1 side this season, with the forward scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances making him one of the sought after young attackers in Europe.

Lille owner Gerard Lopez revealed at the end of May that ‘multiple offers’ have been made for him.

However, Lille are expected to hold out for a large transfer fee for the Nigerian this summer, with owner Lopez revealing that a fee similar to the £72million paid by Arsenal for Nicolas Pepe last year would be enough to secure his signature.

Osimhen only signed for Lille last year from VfL Wolfsburg, after impressing on loan at Belgian side Charleroi in the 2018/19 season.

Defender Gabriel, meanwhile, is likely to join Serie A side Napoli, with reports in France claiming that a €22million offer by the Partenopei has been accepted by Lille.

read also: Napoli to table Algerian star for Victor Osimhen

The Brazilian, 22, made 24 league appearances for Lille this season, and was heavily linked with a move to Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton – but the Toffees appear to have missed out on their man.

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