Victor Osimhen has reportedly left Italy after failing to reach an agreement with Napoli over a proposed €70m transfer.
The Lille forward and his agent had spent the last few days in Naples locked in talks with the club but it appears no deal was struck with reports saying the striker has headed back to France.
Osimhen, 21, is one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe following an excellent debut campaign for Lille.
The Nigerian scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 competitive games to win Les Dogues’ player of the season, and most recently, the Marc-Vivien Foe award as the best African player in Ligue 1.
His outstanding performances have seen the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham express interest in acquiring his signature.
But it was Napoli that moved ahead of the competition in the race to secure the signature of the prized asset by inviting the player for talks on personal terms.
It was earlier reported that despite Gennaro Gattuso’s desperation to land Osimhen, the player himself isn’t too keen on a move to Serie A and would prefer a switch to England instead.
The failure of both parties to strike a deal appears to lend credence to the reports.
It remains to be seen if the peripatetic former Wolfsburg striker will remain at the Stade Pierre Mauroy next season with many clubs hovering around him.
If he moves this summer, it would mark a third club move in as many years for the Osimhen following stints at Wolfsburg, Sporting Charleroi and Lille.