Lille president, Gerard Lopez, has admitted that the club might not be successful in their attempts to hold onto striker Victor Osimhen this summer, amidst interest from several clubs across Europe, including Tottenham.
Osimhen was said to be on Tottenham’s radar in January (Sky Sports) as the North Londoners looked to fill the void left by the injured Harry Kane, but they ultimately failed to bring in any cover.
Spurs are said to be facing competition from Liverpool and Chelsea for the Nigerian international’s signature (Jeunes Footeux).
Le10Sport reported early last month that Real Madrid and Barcelona are also considering making an offer for the striker in the summer after scouting him extensively this season.
Now, Lopez has revealed that the Ligue 1 club are keen on keeping the 21-year-old who has netted 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for Lille this season (transfermarkt).
However, he admitted that they might be powerless to stop him if he is offered a bumper pay-rise. Speaking to Sport.fr, the Lille president said: “Osimhen will be at Lille next season. However, there are factors that I cannot control.
“I do not control the fact that a club arrives and offers a salary six or eight times higher than what we can offer.
“But I think sometimes it’s better not to take a big salary and wait until next season,” the Lille president explained.”
Spurs Web Opinion
In my opinion, we should have gone all out for Oshimen in January as he would have been the perfect fit for us given his age and potential to develop. I don’t think we have any shot of landing him in the summer as he will likely be out of our price range given the number of clubs who are reportedly interested in him.
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