According to a report from French news outlet le10sport, discussions have recently ‘opened up‘ between Liverpool and the representatives of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen – and a swoop for the Lille striker could potentially be ideal if Sadio Mane opts for a Real Madrid move.
Osimhen, who has bagged 13 goals and four assists in Ligue 1 this season over 25 starts, propelling his side to fourth in the league table and potentially within touching distance of a Champions League qualification spot, could be an ideal candidate for Jurgen Klopp as a potential Mane replacement – should our Senegalese star leave for the Bernabeu that is.
Should Liverpool sign Osimhen?
Mane is more than enough
A recent piece from the Daily Mirror indicated that Mane is Zinedine Zidane’s top transfer target this summer but it would take a whopping offer to convince our club to sell the player, with a price tag ‘in the region‘ of around £130 million-£140 million being ideal for the Reds if they do decide to part ways with the 28-year-old.
Now, le10sport have claimed that we have ‘laid the foundations‘ to sign Osimhen amid a ‘big battle‘ for his signature, potentially as a Mane alternative – with the player valued at around €80 million (£69.6 million).
Even though Liverpool legends have come out to lambaste the Real Madrid rumours recently, stats courtesy of WhoScored suggest that Osimhen would be the more than ideal player to fill a void which would be left by Mane’s departure.
As per these numbers, the Nigeria international has averaged more shots per game in the league than Mane this season and attracts more fouls – potentially highlighting the possibility he could replicate some of our current star’s influence.
Whether or not this deal comes to fruition remains to be seen, but the numbers dictate that Liverpool simply must consider a swoop for the 21-year-old who has bags of potential.