Could Victor Osimhen have rejected a move to Napoli because he is waiting for a Premier League offer instead?
Osimhen is now waiting on Manchester United or Arsenal, according to Football Italia.
The Super Eagles striker visited the Napoli facilities, coach Gennaro Gattuso’s home and the house of President Aurelio De Laurentiis on the island of Capri.
He asked for a few days to think about it, but after weeks of charm offensive from both clubs and his entourage, the Nigeria international has decided against the transfer.
Football Italia sources close to Osimhen confirm he feels pressured into the move to Napoli, hurt by the fact his agent worked out all the details before asking for his opinion.
It is not a rejection of Napoli per se, we are assured, but rather an internal issue with his entourage, Lille and the way the matter was handled.
Osimhen has his eyes on a Premier League move and is reportedly waiting for Arsenal or Manchester United to step forward.
Napoli had been due to pay the €50m fee, with a huge salary, but the 21-year-old is not making this a move about money.
He scored 18 goals in 38 competitive games for Lille this season, along with six assists.
Lille signed Osimhen from Charleroi for €14m a year ago.
There were also reports in the French media today that Inter Milan were making a bid for Osimhen, but that has already been discounted by both Sportitalia and sources close to the player, according to Football Italia.