Liverpool have been in contact with the representatives of Victor Osimhen, according to Calciomercato.com.
This is the second claim made this week about the Reds’ interest in the Napoli striker, leaving many fans on X to wonder whether the links to the Nigerian international are genuine. Some don’t think Jurgen Klopp’s side need another forward, while others suggest it could mean that Mo Salah is going at the end of the season:
Me don’t let him take Darwin’s throne
— lewis (@lewisd03) October 26, 2023
No way that it happens in January its more of a summer signing
— 20YNWA06 (@RazzaMcv) October 26, 2023
It would be the signing of the season or the next 5 but he won’t come to us as many city and Chelsea will pay him triple what we will and everyone knows that so there’s no chance unfortunately as he’s the best natural striker other than Kane in the world 🌎
— Jamal Amzz (@jamsboxingchat) October 26, 2023
His coming means Salahs leaving
— Darwizzy 😈😈😈 (@Crisedzzz) October 27, 2023
We have enough forwards
— Q.k Dheli (@okay_vibe) October 26, 2023
I would LOVE for this to happen. But it won’t. He would be a massive upgrade on Nunez, but he’ll end up at Chelsea or Arsenal IMO.
— Rob Carter (@GeekyRob) October 26, 2023
Osimhen’s transfer fee could be a big stumbling block
Multiple reports have claimed that Napoli would demand at least €150m (£131m) for Osimhen, with some quoting even higher numbers.
Calciomercato‘s report says that the Serie A club’s president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants a €200m (£174m) release clause in his new contract. However, with contract negotiations still ongoing, there is a possibility that he will be available for a much lower price next summer when he has just a year remaining on his current deal. There is, of course, competition from other teams to consider, with Chelsea also said to be interested in the 24-year-old.
Salah’s departure to Saudi Arabia would force Liverpool into the market
There is no doubt that, if the Egyptian international does leave for the Middle East, the Reds would have to find a replacement.
Elite goal goalscorers are hard to come by so, even if Osimhen doesn’t play in the same position as Salah, he may be a forward that comes under consideration.