Victor Osimhen has revealed that Barcelona and Arsenal were among the teams that explored the possibility of signing him after he won the Golden Boot award at the 2015 U17 World Cup in Chile.
The Ultimate Strikers product eventually ended up at German Bundesliga club Wolfsburg, where he spent two and a half years before a permanent move to Lille in August 2019.
Osimhen is back on the radar of several glamorous teams in Europe after a breakout season in France that saw him score 18 goals in all competitions and was recently awarded the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé as the best African player in the Ligue 1.
“After the Under 17 World Cup , many were looking for me: Barcelona , Juventus , Arsenal , Inter .
But I wanted to grow, development was important for me so that I could become a good striker,” Osimhen told the Out of Home Podcast via CalcioNapoli24.
“Wolfsburg was a good option for me, I spoke to their coach and told myself it would be a choice.
” Osimhen has established himself as a regular starter for the Super Eagles ever since his mentor, Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo called time on his international career shortly after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
“Playing for Nigeria? Every player dreams of wearing the national team shirt, for me it was beautiful from day one, a great privilege.
“Nigeria produces a lot of talent and has produced them over the years, just think of names like Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha .
Tactically there are some details that we need to improve ,”he added.