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Manchester United target Lille striker Victor Osimhen

Real Madrid are also interested in the Nigerian international

Lille OSC v Olympique Lyonnais - Ligue 1 Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images

Interesting reports coming from French site Le10 Sport are claiming that Manchester United are leading the race for Lille striker Victor Osimhen for a potential summer move to Old Trafford.

The report also mentions that Real Madrid are interested in the Nigerian international as well ,and are willing to unload Luka Jovic — who hasn’t lived up to the hype since joining from Eintracht Frankfurt last summer — if needed.

Osimhen was in incredible form this season for Lille, scoring 18 times with six assists in all competitions before the coronavirus outbreak halted all football worldwide.

The 21-year-old would be a great compliment for United’s strikers Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, but it could be expensive if United want to secure a transfer from Lille.

Signing a new deal just last year, Osimhen still has four years left on that original contract. Lille are not against selling their stars — Arsenal acquired Nicolas Pepe last season for £72m — but Osimhen could command a similar price as well.

The fact that Osimhen is being linked to United casts doubt over Odion Ighalo’s future with United. Since joining United in January, Ighalo has been a spark in the United offense and has emerged as a fan favorite. His initial loan agreement runs until the end of June, but that was before the season was stopped.

If United do ink Ighalo to a new permanent contract then Osimhen’s move to Old Trafford could be a bit of a stretch.