Transfers: Victor Osimhen Nears Napoli Switch

Victor Osimhen has moved closer to completing a €70m move to Napoli after he arrived in Naples for talks with officials of the Italian club.

The Nigerian hitman was pictured arriving in Naples with members of his entourage on Tuesday.

Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio reports that the Nigerian and his agents will remain in Naples for a few days for talks over a possible summer move.

Talks will likely centre on personal terms and assurances of playing time for Osimhen.

Osimhen is one of the most sought after strikers in Europe following an exceptional debut season for Lille.

The 21-year-old who joined the Great Danes from Sporting Charleroi last summer scored 13 goals in Ligue 1 and added five more in Cup competitions to finish as Les Dogues’ top scorer with 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions. He also weighed in with six assists.

He was recognised as Lille’s standout performer in the just concluded season and was voted the club’s Player of the Season.

Osimhen’s outstanding performances also saw him awarded the Marc Vivien Foe award for the best African player in the French topflight – becoming the youngest winner of the award.

The striker who dedicated his award to his father who passed away recently has been linked with a host of clubs including Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Napoli.

But it appears Gennaro Gattuso is desperate to land the goal machine and has ensured Napoli moved ahead of the competition in the race to secure the signature of the prized asset.

While Napoli has gone all out for the striker, reports say the player is hesitant about making the move and would prefer a switch to England instead.

Lille is understood to value the striker at €70m and while there are no reports that a deal has been reached with Napoli yet, it is thought that if the talks between the player and the club prove successful, Napoli will stump up the cash.

If the move to Italy materialises this summer, it would mark a third club move in as many years for the peripatetic Osimhen following stints at Sporting Charleroi and Lille.