"Lille will sell it dearly" - ex-wolf Osimhen chasing a record
Victor Osimhen's star went up at the 2015 U17 World Cup. The Nigerian used the tournament in Chile to score ten goals to become the top scorer and his team to the U17 world champions. A year and two months later, VfL Wolfsburg struck and brought Osimhen to Germany for 3.5 million euros.
The wolves had caught a coveted fish there. But Osimhen could not gain a foothold in the Autostadt. 16 missions, mostly over a few minutes, were recorded at the end of his VfL period. The striker failed to score.
In summer 2018 the loan went to the RSC Charleroi - Osimhen scored 20 times. The Belgians pulled the purchase option of 3.5 million euros and immediately passed Osimhen this summer for almost four times the OSC Lille. And also in France, the 20-year-old continues to work on his goal rate.
After seven league games there are six goals, no Lille professional has been better in the past 50 years. Again yesterday against Racing Strasbourg (2-0) Osimhen scored. The center forward has had a run since leaving Wolfsburg behind.
It's also going at Lille. The runner-up of the previous season is ranked third in Ligue 1 behind industry leader Paris St. Germain and SCO Angers, despite the fact that in the summer the goal guarantors Rafael Leão (25 million / AC Milan) and Nicolas Pépé (80 million / FC Arsenal) the club left.
Osimhen could top Pépé's record again, says Mehdi Bayat, who was able to examine the center forward as managing director of Charleroi up close. "Lille is just a stage, just like Charleroi was just a stage for him," Bayat said recently on 'France 3'
And further: "After that he goes into a big league, there is no doubt about that. And Lille will sell him very dearly, he may be the most expensive player they will sell in their history. With Nicolas Pépé they have already achieved a lot, but for me it will go beyond that. ”
Osimhen himself avoids the Pépé comparisons: “I have great respect for Nicolas Pépé for everything he has brought to the club. A lot of people think I will replace him, but we have different profiles, we are not the same players. I'm here with a different name to write my own story. ”The first chapter points to a success story.
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