Lille Manager Christophe Galtier says the club will provide a private jet for Star Striker Victor Osimhen who is yet to return to France after the recent burial of his father.
The Super eagles hitman was granted compassionate leave by the French Championnat side to enable the gangling forward pay last respect to his late father Pa Patrick Osimhen who died in Lagos last month Unfortunately however Osimen who was initially scheduled to return to France on June 24 has been stranded in Nigeria and has not been able to join up with his team mates since pre season began.
Speaking to reporters at a recent conference, the 53-year-old former St Etienne tactician remarked “No, he did not come back from Nigeria. He had to arrive today (Friday). But he is blocked by the health crisis because the borders are closed “.
Speculations suggest that Lille are prepared to send a private jet to bring back Osimhen but the player and his entourage are yet to get the all clear as the Nigerian airspace remains closed due to COVID-19 restrictions.
In the meantime, Club President Gerard Lopez has stressed that the club won’t lower their €80m valuation for the player recently voted the club’s Most valuable player for the just concluded season.
Osimhen has been constantly linked with a move away from the Club after his impressive performances saw him netting an impressive 19 goals last term.
Although Criticisms have trailed the Club’s valuation of the 2015 U-17 World cup golden ball winner, Lopez opines that Osimhen is worth as much as Nicolas Pepe who joined Arsenal for 72million Pounds last summer.
“Last year, we asked for the same amount for Nicolas Pépé. Some observers thought I set the bar way too high, but later Arsenal paid £ 72 million. Victor (Osimhen) is worth as much,” the Lille President told the media.