Lille general director reveals Victor Osimhen departure 'imminent'
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Lille general director reveals Victor Osimhen departure 'imminent'

Lille's General Director Marc Ingla has dropped the clearest hint that Nigeria international Victor Osimhen is set to leave the French side for Serie A side Napoli.

The forward has been in recent weeks linked with a move to the Italian side and looks like a deal has finally been agreed.

According to L'Equipe, the Nigeria international started negotiations with the Stadio San Paolo outfit on Monday and a deal of about €81 million could be reached soon.

Ingla told reports that Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli has reached the final stage of completion. 

"We are in the last stage [of discussions]. The player has made his choice. It is a regret to see him leave but we must be aware of the strength of the market,” Ingla said.

"We do not hide our economic model. We must not only consider the amount of the transfer but also the salary that is offered to the player.

“We are not a final destination. With us, players thrive. We use their talent but we also build their careers. We are also in this process. It is the life of a club and the market. For him and his family, this can be an exceptional opportunity."

The former Sporting Charleroi revealed Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly played a big role in deciding to join Napoli after initially expressing his fear because of racism.

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