According to a report from Corriere Dello Sport, Victor Osimhen is keen to make his switch to EPL from Serie A. Manchester United and Arsenal will try their best to land the 23-year-old while rumors suggest that Newcastle United is in the race too.
Reports post-January transfer window claimed Arsenal to be the favorites to land the young Nigerian. Newcastle United made a bid of £84m in the January transfer window but Napoli rejected it.
In the current campaign, Osimhen bagged 16 goals in 28 appearances for Napoli in all competitions as Luciano Spalletti’s men sit in the 3rd place in Serie A. This stat drew attention to the Premier League clubs who would try to negotiate with Napoli for a permanent deal over Osimhen this upcoming summer transfer window.
The Nigeria international made his move from Ligue 1 club LOSC Lille to Napoli only in 2020. The Naples-based club bought him for a hefty fee of £67m. He still has 3 years remaining on his current contract.
Safe to say, Napoli will at least demand more than what they bought him for. And an £84m bid rejected in January by them suggests that it certainly won’t be enough to secure Osimhen’s services.
Where could Osimhen head?
According to Italian news outlet Corriere Dello Sport, Man United already hosted talks with Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda. He is ‘the bridge that connects Naples with Manchester’.
Calenda is leading the negotiation process between the clubs. Meanwhile, he hosted a meeting between Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis, sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli and Osimhen himself. But if Man United’s new boss arriving this summer, Erik Ten Hag doesn’t approve of this signing, Arsenal will be the frontrunner to secure Osimhen’s signature as they can promise him minutes in Champions League next season based on the current PL table. But Arteta and the Arsenal board must keep in mind he won’t come cheap, anything less than £84m.
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