Liverpool insider gives verdict on £154m transfer after baffling ‘chosen’ one claim – ‘I’d be amazed’

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen has been linked with Liverpool.

Liverpool journalist Neil Jones is reporting that the Premier League giants are unlikely to sign Napoli forward Victor Osimhen this summer.

Osimhen has emerged as one of the best strikers in Europe and he helped Napoli win the Serie A title in 2022/23. He grabbed 31 goals and five assists in 39 appearances for the Italian outfit across all competitions.

The Nigeria international is under contract until 2025 so Napoli are able to demand a huge fee for their prized asset this summer.

Man Utd, Bayern Munich and PSG have been linked with Osimhen, but earlier this week, it was reported that Liverpool are the ‘favourites’ to sign him for £154m as he is Jurgen Klopp’s ‘chosen’ one.

This report felt way off the mark at the time and it has now been refuted by Jones, who “would be amazed” if Liverpool signed Osimhen this summer.

‘While I don’t like to dismiss stories or talk down what other journalists might be hearing from their sources, I have to say I would be amazed to see Liverpool sign Victor Osimhen, as has been reported elsewhere, or any other striker of that calibre or asking price, for that matter,’ Jones wrote for Caught Offside.

‘Osimhen’s obviously a very good player who’s had a great season, but I just don’t see Liverpool being in the market for that kind of player – they might more likely look for a younger forward as a signing for the future who could grow into being a starter later, but for the first-team I think the focus remains on midfield as a priority, and then beyond that maybe a centre-back.’

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Jones has also discussed Darwin Nunez’s status at Liverpool. He has revealed that the ‘key thing’ will be getting his ‘role right’.

‘The key thing now is getting Nunez’s role right, and helping him find consistency. There is a question now over his role, with the Gakpo signing in January complicating things slightly, as he’s really started to nail down that number 9 role,’ Jones added.

‘He’s maybe more of a Firmino-like player than Nunez is, so how that ties in with fitting the Uruguayan in as well, I’m not sure. From speaking to people at Liverpool, they seem pretty sure that if he’s going to make it he’s going to have to play down the middle, that’s where he’s got that pace and physical presence, and he is a good finisher when he’s confident.’

Jones continued: ‘I think Klopp went on record as saying that the language barrier has been an issue for Nunez. He hadn’t taken to English as they might’ve hoped, unlike, for example, Luis Diaz. I think that has affected Nunez’s integration, so they’ll hope he’s made strides on that ahead of pre-season.’

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