Victor Osimhen Refused Manchester United Transfer Because Of Odion Ighalo
The 21-year-old striker, who became the most expensive African player ever when he joined Napoli from French side Lille last month, scored 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season.
In fact, the latter were reportedly very keen on bringing the Nigerian forward to Old Trafford but in a remarkable interview with Complete Sports, Victor's brother has claimed he rejected the move due to Ighalo's presence.
"It is very true that Manchester United wanted Victor, but he told me something like he had too much respect for Odion Ighalo to be competing for shirts with his senior colleague," Andrew Osimhen said.
"My brother holds Ighalo in high esteem and he just didn't see himself going to Old Trafford to battle for a striking role with the highest goalscorer at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt."
Back in April, Osimhen refused to rule out a move to the Premier League, admitting he wants "to play for a big club in England one day."
The Nigerian striker also thanked Ighalo for his career advice.
"Of course, one day I'd like to play for a big club in England." he told The Independent.
'I've spoken to Odion [Ighalo] about it. He gave me very good advice, he's a legend and a big brother.
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"My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I'm very happy in Lille. My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me."
Ighalo, who completed his dream move to United in January on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, has already extended his deal at the club until January 2021.
Osimhen, meanwhile, bagged an eight-minute hat-trick on his Napoli debut during a pre-season friendly win against L'Aquila last month, and has gone on to score three more in recent weeks.
Napoli manager Gennaro Gattuso has, however, warned Napoli fans to be patient with their big-money signing.
"It's too easy to get excited now, we've got to give him time and let him work, not put pressure on," said Gattuso.
"He is an important player and we paid a lot for him, but there were no doubts he would give us something different that we haven't had in my time here. There's a long way to go."
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Featured Image Credit: PA/Instagram/Victor Osimhen
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