The Reds have reportedly been scouting Osimhen over the international break, as they look to muscle in on his uncertain situation in Naples.
And now, according to 90min, things have gone even further between the Nigerian and Liverpool.
They claim that Osimhen representatives are doing ‘due diligence’ over where their client should move to, and as a result have been in touch with the Reds.
Liverpool are in competition to sign the striker
Liverpool aren’t alone in this, though. Intermediaries have reportedly been in touch with ‘the Premier League’s biggest clubs.’ Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to have responded positively.
With less than two years now left on his contract, it’s claimed a move is likely to be sanctioned for Osimhen in 2024.
The 24-year-old’s relationship with Napoli has reportedly ‘soured’ following a high-profile social media incident last month. An extension with the Italian’s doesn’t appear to have been ruled out just yet, but Osimhen looks to be preparing to leave.
Osimhen speaking to Liverpool
Liverpool have been linked with Osimhen fairly consistently ever since he started banging in goals for Lille back in 2019. And why not, as football analysis site The Analyst says, he’s a ‘frightening’ forward.
At various points over the past four years, a move to sign him would have made a decent amount of sense.
But right now, spending the reported £150m transfer fee [Il Mattino] on Osimhen would seem like the very opposite of sense from Liverpool.
The facts are that the Reds simply don’t need another forward in his mould just now.
It would perhaps be unfair to pin Osimhen purely in the category of ‘out-and-out striker’
He does have other facets to his game. But stripped down to basics, the Nigeria international is a goal-scorer.
Assuming for a moment that Mohamed Salah does leave Liverpool next summer, where would that leave Osimhen?
Jurgen Klopp could play with a two up-front of Darwin Nunez and the Napoli man, which looks great on paper. But what then do you do with Cody Gakpo, Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota? It just doesn’t add up. Maybe talks are on, but there’s little to no chance of this ending with Osimhen at Anfield. Sorry everyone.