Following Lille’s impressive ability to get Arsenal to pay €80m for Nicolas Pépé last summer, the idea they could do so again with another one of their players has done the rounds with Victor Osimhen.
The Nigeria international didn’t take long to showcase his ability following his arrival from RSC Charleroi in Belgium, and quickly caught the eye of scouts around Europe with his pace, ability to find the back of the net and off the ball movement.
Téléfoot even went as far as saying a club had made an €85m bid for the player, with suggestions later on hinting said club could be Chelsea.
The Blues could end up needing some new attacking power up front depending on what happens with the likes of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud this summer, but to spend such a sum on a player who has one season of top five league football under his belt felt a bit much.
— Abdellah Boulma (@abdellahboulma) May 12, 2020
That’s why it isn’t surprising to see someone in France go against the grain, as the chief editor of Cahiers du Football and L’Observateur, Abdellah Boulma, refuted the claims, but only to a certain degree.
Taking to social media, the journalist explained that while Lille ‘did receive an offer from Chelsea’ for Osimhen, the amount reported of €85m is ‘incorrect and greatly overestimated’.
There’s no further information, so we don’t actually know how much the Blues did put on the table for the Nigerian, but the fact they seemingly have doesn’t bode well for some of the current Stamford Bridge strikers…