It is no secret that Liverpool are in the market for depth in the forward positions. Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah have all played a lot of minutes over the course of the last three seasons. Currently, there is a massive gulf in talent between the regular starting trident and the bench option of Divock Origi.
A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Liverpool were interested in Lille striker Vivtor Osimhen. The 21 year old scored thirteen goals in Ligue 1 to go with four assists, and also chipped in two goals in the Champions League. While the Nigerian-born striker obviously has talent, Lille’s asking price of €100M (or around £90M) obviously seems out of the realm of possibility after Liverpool scuppered a £50M deal for Timo Werner. The tenuous links to Liverpool seemed likely they were brazenly fabricated by Osimhen’s agent to force Napoli’s hand.
Well, it seems that negotiations with Napoli have progressed far enough that the links to Liverpool (and a mid-table side in Manchester United) are no longer needed. According to several reports, both all parties are on board for the transfer to Napoli. Apparently, the only remaining stumbling block is legal action threatened by Osimhen’s former agent, Jean-Gérard Benoit Czajka, who wants a cut of the transfer fee for all of his work in “progressing the career of Victor Osimhen”. Got to love those blood-sucking agents.