According to a recent report by Sport, Barcelona have joined the race to acquire the signature of LOSC Lille centre-forward Victor Osimhen. It is believed that the Catalan giants will face still competition from Bayern Munich and AC Milan in pursuit of the Nigerian marksman (via Sport).
It is no secret that Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez. It now seems like he has identified the Lille frontman as one of the candidates to lead the charge at the Nou Camp.
Osimhen’s Outstanding Start To This Ligue 1 Campaign
Osimhen has begun this campaign on fire as he put in some wonderful match-winning performances in the Ligue 1. The Lagos-born striker has scored eight goals and created two assists in 14 appearances for the French side this term in all competitions.
Barca are currently sitting at the top of the La Liga table after scoring 28 goals in ten league matches this season. However, with Suarez entering the twilight years of his playing career, there is an urgent need for them to recruit a worthy successor to the Uruguayan legend.
Osimhen has earned seven international caps for the Nigerian national side so far, which is a remarkable feat for a player of his age. The 20-year-old has also netted one goal for the Super Eagles and is destined to be a future star for his nation.
What Will The Nigeria International Bring To The Nou Camp?
Osimhen is very quick and agile, which enables him to complete some well-timed dribbles in the final third. The Nigerian starlet can be a dominant presence in the air as he has the incredible upper body strength to overpower the opposition defenders. He can hold the ball up quite effectively to let others into play and also tends to contribute by scoring with a few headers from dead-ball situations.
However, the jury is still out on whether he can prove his worth at the highest level as he is still quite inexperienced and would need time to hone his skills in the coming years. Thus, Valverde would need to be patient with him if he decides to bring the Nigerian forward to the Nou Camp.
Osimhen will not only add more goals to the Barca attack but will also improve the overall depth of their squad. Therefore, it makes sense for the Spanish champions to go all out in pursuit of his services next summer.