Lille not ruling out Osimhen sale

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Super Eagles in-form striker Victor Osimhen could yet leave Lille before the January Transfers deadline, NationSport can report.

Amidst strings of interests from top European clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid in the 20-year-old Nigeria international, Lille owner Gerard Lopez was quoted as saying that the French Ligue 1 side has not ruled out the possibility of making a big player sale this month.

“I see this largely as a transfer window in which to make small adjustments though the squad is well put together and a central defender could be set to leave,” the 48-year-old entrepreneur said on the club’s official website. “A central midfielder as well. We know as well that we are going to get Timothy Weah back in attack.”

Dwelling on other transfer speculations, the Luxembourgish-Spanish businessman said the club would definitely be interested in any mega deal for any of its players, adding the club or the player in question might not be able to reject any incredible offer.

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He said: “The only surprise that could eventually come is that we receive an incredibly big offer that neither the club nor the player concerned is able to turn down. We have already received offers, but I think that despite it all we will be able to have a transfer window without losing key elements.”

Incidentally, reliable sources close to Osimhen only last week told NationSport that the club has refused to make any categorical statement on the former Golden Eaglets strikers despite ‘some interesting offers.’

“The year has certainly started strongly,” Lopez further said after Spanish tabloid Marca claimed the Los Blancos were interested in Lille’s trio of Boubakary Soumare, Gabriel and Osimhen.

“I have learnt that it is the very first time that a foreign club, and even club that is not Real Madrid, sees three players from their club appear on the front of Marca newspaper.

“When you know that it is the most influential daily in Spain, that says it all. I am absolutely not taking that as a nice opportunity to promote ourselves to sell this or that player, on the contrary.

“I welcome that with pride, like a recompense for the work that we have done, to have detected these three players thanks to the work of Luis Campos and his team, also those who have been able to develop these players here, at LOSC,” he added.