£70m player has just told Liverpool he wants to join them, only transfer fee needs to be sorted - journalist

The Reds had reportedly been tracking Osimhen over the most recent international break. The story then evolved today, with claims that talks have already begun with the Napoli strikers representatives.

And now, according to Naples-based journalist Valter De Maggio, Liverpool have actually made a breakthrough in those talks.

In fact, talking to Televomero via Arena Napoli, De Maggio claimed that there is now an agreement in place between Osimhen and the Reds. According to the journalist, Liverpool are the reason the Nigerian’s contract talks with Napoli have broken down.

“What happened? There was the inclusion of another club, from the Premier League. I’m talking about Liverpool,” he reports.

“There would be frequent contacts, but I have just learned something else: there would be agreements already reached. Let me be clear: the agreements would be between the Reds and the player, so they would not involve Napoli.

“I hope that the president of the Azzurri, Aurelio De Laurentiis, will be able to keep Victor Osimhen at least until June, but we can’t be sure.”

Let’s be clear about this: Victor Osimhen is a top player who would probably do very well at Liverpool.

But as of right now, the Reds absolutely do not need him.

It might sound churlish to turn our noses up at a player who cost Napoli £70m and has since scored 65 goals in 111 games. But that’s the truth.

It would be fair to point out that strikers like that don’t come on the market very often. The fact that he has a dwindling contract and some issues at his current club is also worth raising, too.

However, say Liverpool do break the bank and sign Osimhen. Who makes way for him? In a Mohamed Salah-less world, he isn’t cutting in from the left and doing what Mo does.

He’s not going to displace Luis Diaz on the left, either. No, Osimhen really has to play down the middle.

Jurgen Klopp already has three superb, and very different options to do that in his squad. Unless one of those three leaves – which seems unlikely – we don’t see how anything comes of this.


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