Lille talisman, Victor Osimhen, admits that he is flattered to have attracted interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur while telling The Nation that he is a huge fan of Anfield superstar, Sadio Mane.
After losing Rafael Leao, Thiago Mendes and Nicolas Pepe during a traumatic summer transfer window, last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up are once again at risk of seeing their squad torn apart by hungry vultures.
Alongside midfield prodigy Boubakary Soumare, top scorer Osimhen continues to be linked with a move away from Lille with Sky Sports reporting that the Nigerian is a target for Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea.
And while admitting that he is loving life on the other side of the channel, a striker who has scored 14 goals in his debut season in France is proud to be mentioned in conjunction with some of England’s biggest clubs.
“I’m flattered by the interest of these great clubs,” said Osimhen, who is a huge fan of Liverpool’s talismanic number ten.
“Whenever I’m asked who my role models are, (Didier) Drogba comes first and of course I keep learning from all the great strikers that come out of Africa, the likes of (Samuel) Eto’o, (El Hadji) Diouf and the rest.
“Also Sadio Mane.
“Sadio Mane is the man for what he’s done for his country (Senegal) and his club, Liverpool.
“He has won so many trophies in 2019 and he deserves (the Ballon D’Or).”
Osimhen joined Lille from Chaleroi for around £10 million last summer and Les Dogues are expected to demand far more than that now.