Arsenal join the hunt for Napoli star Victor Osimhen
Arsenal could solve their issues at striker this summer as they eye up a move for Victor Osimhen.
As per Italian media, Arsenal have joined the hunt for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.
The 23-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
Napoli spent 75 million euros to sign the Nigeria international from Lille in September 2020. He has three years left on his current contract which expires in 2025.
The striker banged in 15 goals and provided 4 assists in 25 matches this season across all fronts showcasing just how influential he has been in the final third.
He is considered to be one of the best strikers in Nigeria. As a member of Nigeria national football team, Osimhen won 18 caps and he scored 10 goals.
Osimhen is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.
Adding a striker remains Arsenal’s top priority this summer and Mikel Arteta will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks. The report claims that Arsenal manager has extensively scouted Osimhen and is considering a move for the striker.
The Gunners are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The former Lille man provides a unique blend between a classic center-forward and the modern striker. His finishing abilities when in and around the box will come as a massive asset to Arteta’s side.
According to the report, “Arsenal have joined the race for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian has become one of the most sought after forwards in world football after 21 goals in 44 league appearances for Napoli. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is targeting a big striker signing this summer after the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nkeitah are also entering the final months of their respective contracts. Gazzetta dello Sport – via Sport Witness – have reported that Osimhen is on Arsenal’s radar. However, their pursuit of Osimhen will depend on whether they have enough to cash to meet Napoli’s asking price of £84million. The north London club are currently in fourth on the Premier League and securing Champions League football could go a long way to signing Osimhen next summer. Manchester United and Newcastle United have also been linked with the 23-year-old.”
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Arsenal will have to present a really enticing offer to bring Napoli to the negotiating table. The Gunners have the resources to tempt them but it will be interesting to see if they are willing to overpay for the player.
Napoli are preparing to sell their striker should they receive a massive offer for him.
Victor Osimhen ideal fit for Arsenal?
If Victor Osimhen is available for the right price, then he could be a clever acquisition for Arsenal.
A striker of Osimhen’s ceiling will be a massive addition to Arsenal squad as he will not only improve the overall quality of Arteta’s starting XI but also add some stability and variety to his attacking department.
Arsenal fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see what happens when Arsenal come calling for Osimhen this summer.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.