Victor Osimhen’s brother Andrew has alleged that the Napoli striker rejected a move to Manchester United because of his respect for Odion Ighalo.
Osimhen enjoyed a fine form at Lille and was rewarded for his efforts with a huge €80million deal at Napoli in July.
The 21-year-old who is currently shining in his new club with two hat-tricks in two pre-season games, was previously linked with United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.
Andrew, claims United showed genuine interest in trying to sign the forward earlier this year but he says there was no chance of the move happening while Ighalo remained at the club.
Both Ighalo and Osimhen enjoy a close relationship.
“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 told Complete Sports.
“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.”
Ighalo’s loan deal with United has been extended to the end of January next year.