Victor Osimhen is the hottest football prospect from Africa at the moment. The young man’s rise has been keen and steady. As a 16-year-old he played at the u17 world cup Chile 2015 with the Nigerian team where he flourished.
The then-16-year-old scored a tournament-record ten goals, netting in every one of Nigeria’s games. Consequently, he was crowned Africa’s Youth Player of the Year award for 2015 after steering the young Nigerian team to lift the U17 2015 world cup played in Chile.
His displays at that World Cup earned him a move to Wolfsburg but Osimhen, who turned down Arsenal to play in Germany’s Bundesliga, admitted to struggling as he slowly adapted to both the league and European football.
While pitching for Wolfsburg, he turned down the chance to play for one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs Arsenal.
The newly signed Napoli forward Victor Osimhen revealed that he held talks with Arsene Wenger over a move to Arsenal in 2015 but ultimately decided that Wolfsburg was the best place for him to continue his development.
According to him,
“Arsenal was a good option, but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”
“My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.”
Osimhen subsequently joined up with his new team-mates at Volkswagen Arena the following year. Unfortunately, he could not register a single goal during his time at the club. He was eventually sold to Belgian club Charleroi.
While playing for Charleroi in Belgium, he rediscovered his best form. He scored19 goals in his first campaign at Charleroi, where he was initially on loan before making a move permanent.
In the process, Lille came calling and swooped for his signature ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
Osimhen signed a five-year contract with the French club side and has since emerged as one of the most promising young strikers in Europe.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona have all indicated an interest in the Nigeria international in recent months after watching him help Lille climb to be fourth in the Ligue 1 standings.
The former Wolfsburg starlet has hit 18 goals and laid on six assists in 38 outings across all competitions, but the coronavirus-enforced break in the season has halted his progress.
Napoli, a top Serie A side, has emerged as the club that eventually convinced the 21-year-old to put pen to paper for them. Victor Osimhen is on his way to great heights.
Italian Serie A side Napoli has confirmed the signing from French club Lille on their website. Napoli’s website gave very few details of the deal saying:
“SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer.”
Meanwhile, according to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, the deal is worth more than $96m (81.3m euros) making him the most expensive African player of all time. Congratulations to Osinmen, we wish him the best.