Lille forward Victor Osimhen has revealed that he held talks with Arsene Wenger over a move to Arsenal in 2015 but ultimately decided that Wolfsburg was the best place for him to continue his development.
Osimhen signed a pre-contract agreement with Wolfsburg in January 2016 after catching the eye during Nigeria’s run to FIFA U-17 World Cup glory in Chile the previous summer.
The 21-year-old joined up with his new team-mates at Volkswagen Arena the following year, but failed to register a single goal during his time at the club, and was eventually sold to Belgian outfit Charleroi.
Speculation over Osimhen’s future with Lille looks set to intensify in the coming months and he has now admitted that he could have already been on the books of one of the world’s biggest clubs if he’d opted for a different path as a teenager.
“I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal,” he told the Independent. “I had a lot of options. Barcelona, Inter, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and the rest.
“Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.
“I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically. Wolfsburg showed me that possibility.”
Source: News update