Lille’s Sports Director Luis Campos says he has been following the progress of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen since 2015.
Campos has been following Osimhen since the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile where the player emerged top scorer with 10 goals, the highest ever by an individual in the competition.
Osimhen, who joined Lille for €12m in August, has scored eight goals in all competition for the Ligue 1 outfit.
Campo, in an interview with Sky Sports, said Osimhen’s performance at the U-17 World Cup thrilled him but lost him to Wolfburg.
“I went to see the U-17 World Championships. After one match, I wanted him (Osimhen). But his price was very expensive for a 17-year-old.
“I spoke to my CEO. I called him every night saying, ‘Please give me this player, he is amazing. In two years he will be one of the best in Europe,’” he told Sky Sports.
“In the end, the player went to Wolfsburg. I went to Wolfsburg just to see him play. Sometimes he only played for five minutes, sometimes only two. I was crazy about him!
“Then he had a virus and had five or six months not playing and went to Charleroi in Belgium. Two months later I signed him. So itʼs a nice story. I lost the player but then got him back.
“If all is normal at the end of the season there will be a big move for him because he’s like a cat. He’s unbelievable. In the last 20 metres, he attacks every ball. Every ball. Like a cat.”
Osimhen has linked up with Nigeria squad in Singapore ahead of the international friendly against Brazil on Sunday.