Jadon Sancho is widely regarded as Manchester United’s number one transfer target. But as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told The Times earlier this month, the team could still add a striker.
Now the option to add Lille forward Victor Osimhen is back in the headlines.
Osimhen has turned his back on a proposed move to Napoli, and is holding out for a Premier League move, with Manchester United one of the teams he is keen to play for, report Football Italia exclusively.
Very strong option, and now sensibly priced
As we predicted last month, French football’s financial problems are causing their clubs, barring super-rich PSG, to explore selling off top talent.
Le10Sport had claimed in March that Lille wanted 100 million Euros (£90m). These demands have now dropped considerably.
Football Italia reported Lille were trying to push Osimhen into a 50 million Euros (£45m) agreement to Napoli, before the striker reportedly turned down the option.
£45 million is a far more reasonable price for Osimhen, who is a very exciting young talent, yet one with a lot to prove.
He scored 18 goals in 38 games for Lille in his first season in France, which included two in the Champions League.
This is precisely the type of opportunity Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was talking about in April when he told SkySports: “There might be just a situation there where you can exploit, and I know that we at Man United we are one of the biggest, and the biggest, financially well-off.”
Perfect way to replace Ighalo
Odion Ighalo is Manchester United’s extra-man in attack, and he has performed beyond expectation so far.
However he is only at United until January 2021, and United need a long-term solution. Victor Osimhen, at just 21-years-old, would be exactly that.
Ighalo would hold no hard feelings towards his young Nigerian compatriot either.
In fact the situation may provide the perfect transition, as Ighalo could help Osimhen settle in Manchester on and off the pitch.
Ighalo has previously acted as a mentor for Osimhen, telling ESPN: “I told him he has to keep working hard, stay humble and always be ready to learn, and above all not to get carried away with success or hype but just to keep improving.”
His Lille boss Christoph Galtier last month told RFI: “He has a great determination to want to score. He is obsessed with the goal as Cavani can be.”
What will United do?
The ball is now in United’s court. Currently our top two targets appear to be winger Jadon Sancho and creative midfielder Jack Grealish.
A striker is still viewed as needed, if not the main priority. Add Osimhen and Sancho into United’s already lethal forward line and this team will have the firepower to win titles.
United were said last November via La Voix du Nord to have scouted Osimhen, and he will be on the club’s radar.
It is up to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his recruitment to respond to the latest information, which claims Osimhen wants to move to Old Trafford.
This is one to watch, and an opportunity United may regret turning down if they do not take it. If he wasn’t a priority before, his interest in a move has the potential to change that.
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