By Amaechi Agbo
On a day Super Eagles striker was to make a decision on Napoli move, Lille OSC has declared July 7 as International Day to celebrate Victor Osimhen, Bestchoicesports.com.ng reports.
Osimhen was expected to announce his decision on whether or not he would be moving to Italian giants, Napoli on Tuesday, July 7 but while conflicting reports are coming in on the reported transfer move, Lille has declared 07-07 as Victor Osimhen International Day to mark his unique jersey number.
In marking the uniqueness 07-07, the Ligue 1 club celebrated the Nigerian international because of his shirt number
The 21-year-old had an excellent debut campaign in France with the Great Danes, thanks to his goalscoring exploits in all competitions.
Osimhen was the highest goalscorer in Christophe Galtier’s squad with a return of 18 goals in the 2019-20 season which includes 13 efforts in Ligue 1.
His contributions earned him Lille’s Player of the Year award and the Marc Vivien Foe Prize for Africa players playing in the French league 2020 among other accolades.
In celebrating the July 7 date, Lille who finished fourth in the league table this season joined together two pictures of their talisman showing the no. 7 side by side.
Despite having four years left on his contract at Lille, Osimhen’s future at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy is in doubt with a number of European clubs showing interest in his signing.
Napoli are reportedly leading the chase for his services with an offer of €50 million and the Nigeria forward, before making a decision, visited the Serie A club to meet their management last week.
Lille President Gerrard Lopez admitted several offers for the 2015 CAF Young Player of the Year, and he has backed him to make a move to Gennaro Gattuso’s side where he could become a superstar.
“For Victor, we had several offers. He asked me and I told him what I think was the ideal club for him,” Lopez told La Voix du Nord.
“Napoli is just below Juventus or Barcelona but is at the same level as Atletico Madrid. If he goes there, he will become their superstar.
“Having a city like Naples at your feet must be exciting for a footballer. Victor has the strength to perform under pressure.”