Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr believes Victor Osimhen has an opportunity to join a ‘very big’ Premier League club in the summer transfer window amid speculation linking the forward with Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool.
Osimhen, 21, has established himself as one of the finest attacking players in Ligue 1 and was having an outstanding season with Lille before the coronavirus crisis brought French football to a halt, racking up 13 goals and four assists across the campaign.
Only Neymar, Moussa Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Kylian Mbappe have scored more goals than the youngster in the French top flight this term.
Osimhen’s form has not gone unnoticed across the channel, with United, Liverpool and Chelsea all eyeing summer moves for the Nigerian, and his manager at international level has urged him to make the leap.
‘This is a success for him but also for the Super Eagles to have players at Champions League clubs.
‘If we have players playing at a very high level for their clubs, our level in the Super Eagles will be growing also.’
Though Rohr understands why Osimhen may be hesitant over a move, he’s confident the striker has the ability to play at the top level.
‘If he stays for another season it would be good for him because he’s playing. If he’s going to a very big club – you have seen the clubs that are ready to buy him now – it’s not so sure that he will play because there’s big competition for starting places in the team,’ he added.
‘If he’s staying in Lille it would be good because he would progress, we are sure about it.
‘But he’s also able now, because he’s progressing so much, to play for a very big club.
‘It’s depending, if he has competition it will be better to play at a better club than Lille. If he’s not playing, it’s not so good for him because a young player like him has to play to progress.’
Back in April, Osimhen revealed his ambitions to join a ‘very big club in England’ and thanked Nigeria team-mate Odion Ighalo for the advice he’s given him at the start of his career.
‘Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,’ he told The Independent.
‘I’ve spoken to Odion about it. He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother.
‘My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille.
‘My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.’
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