Victor Osimhen had direct talks with Manchester United and Liverpool before signing for Napoli.
The Lille star, who has scored 18 goals and scored six assists this season, has sparked the interest of the giants of the Premier League this summer.
Jurgen Klopp’s team was looking to strengthen his goal options while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appeared close to adding more goals to his.
The 21-year-old surprised them, however, moving away from the Serie A after only one season with the French team.
And L’Equipe indicated how close Osimhen came to getting a Premier League move.
The French outlet reported that the relay had phone calls with Klopp and Solskjaer for potential travel to North West England.
But the 21-year-old refused the passage from both sides, preferring southern Italy for the 2020/21 campaign.
And his move was confirmed by Napoli today on Twitter, with President Aurelio de Laurentiis who also said: “Welcome Victor!”
It comes when the Nigerian was warned that he had made the right decision by avoiding Anfield this summer.
Speaking with Radio Kiss Napoli [via Calciomercato ]The Italian journalist Ciro Venerato said: “For now there is the right silence on the agreement until the white smoke”.
“This afternoon? It’s one thing by definition, but I can’t say anything else.
“Gattuso likes all strong players; they managed to create an important axis for him and Giuntoli, in order to make this Naples stronger and stronger.
“Naples is the right place for Victor, not like in Liverpool.”
Osimhen’s career began in Wolfsburg, moving there in 2017 from Nigeria’s Ultimate Strikers Academy.
After a quiet first season, the 21-year-old moved to Charleroi, scoring 20 goals in 36 appearances for the Belgian team.
And this form of scoring has continued for Lille, while Napoli hopes it will continue in Italy.
United has chased another European star, Jadon Sancho, as they go into business with Borussia Dortmund for a young man valued at 100 million pounds.