Arsenal are keen to sign a striker this summer and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen is a name that is continually linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Despite joining the Serie A giants less than two years ago, Osimhen has always been linked with a move away from the Italian side of late. The Nigeria international has enjoyed a productive 2021/22 campaign, scoring 16 goals in just 21 starts this season.
The Gunners are desperate to sign at least one striker over the summer months after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left the club at the end of January, while Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both in the final three months of their contract with the club. In this spirit, football.london took a look at all the latest news regarding a potential transfer for Osimhen ahead of the summer window.
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Arsenal “the race in the lead”
Italian point of sale Gazzetta Dello Sport reported that the Gunners have “set their sights” on the Nigerian frontman while technical director Edu and Co is believed to be leading the pack at the moment.
A host of Premier League clubs are reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, with Manchester United, Newcastle United and Chelsea all previously linked with a summer move.
Man United twist
Corriere dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano has reported that the player would refuse a transfer to Arsenal if Manchester United came knocking on the door. Speaking of Osimhen, via TEAMtalk Giordano said: “Arsenal have never stopped following him and, surprisingly, Manchester United. In the personal imagination of a 23-year-old player, United is a temptation and if the Red Devils reach certain numbers, the history teaches us that certain operations must be done.”
The Napoli duo have their eyes glued
According to Caught offsideOsimhen isn’t the only Napoli man on Arsenal’s radar, as the north London side have also been heavily linked with the Nigerian club’s teammate Fabian Ruiz. According to transfer marketthe midfielder is valued at £49.5million meaning a swoop for the Spaniard and Osimhen will be costly.
£84million price tag revealed
NapoliGazzetta dello Sport, via sports witness, claimed that Arsenal are interested in Napoli center forward Victor Osimhen. However, a move won’t happen unless the Gunners can shell out around €100m (£84m) for the Nigeria international. It will ultimately be interesting to see if Arsenal pursue the striker at the quoted figure, or if they believe there is a better and cheaper alternative.
According to The Gazzetta dello SportGoing through Soccer Italy, Newcastle United are trying to sign Osimhen at the end of the season. As well as the Magpies, the Gunners face competition from a number of interested parties, including Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United.
Napoli are in no rush to sell their star, given that his €4million-a-year contract at the Stadio Maradona expires in 2025. Nonetheless, as mentioned above, president Aurelio De Laurentiis is reportedly considering offers of around 100 million euros.
Honest admission to Arsenal
The 23-year-old has previously admitted he was close to joining Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s trophy-laden spell in north London. Talk to The Independent in 2020, Osimhen said: “I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament (Under-17 World Cup) ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal.
“I had a lot of options. Barcelona; InterMilan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the others. Arsenal were a good option but they weren’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing when I was 18.
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