The transfer that got away: The story of Victor Osimhen and Real Madrid’s interest

In the summer of 2020, Zinedine Zidane, the then-head coach of Real Madrid, reportedly showed a keen interest in signing Victor Osimhen from Lille.

Osimhen had caught Zidane’s eye with his impressive performances in Ligue 1. The French coach recommended the striker be signed, believing he would be a valuable addition to the Real Madrid squad.

However, Real Madrid’s interest in Osimhen was not acted upon, and the player eventually completed a move to Napoli in a deal worth around €70 million.

This left Zidane frustrated, as he was convinced that Real Madrid had missed out on…


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