Man City make contact with Napoli over Victor Osimhen

Manchester City have reportedly made contact with Napoli to discuss a possible summer move for striker Victor Osimhen.

The Nigeria international is spearheading the Partenopei’s charge to the Scudetto with a stellar 19 goals and five assists in 22 games throughout the 2022-23 season so far.

Osimhen’s efforts have allowed Napoli to open up an 18-point lead at the top of the Serie A table with 12 games left to play, and he sits comfortably at the top of the Capocannoniere charts.

The former Lille man’s 19 strikes puts him five clear of closest challenger Lautaro Martinez, while he also has two Champions League goals to his name as Napoli boast a 2-0 lead from the first leg of their last-16 tie with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Osimhen’s contract with Napoli is due to run until the 2024-25 season, but the Serie A champions-elect are seemingly facing an uphill battle to retain his services beyond the end of the campaign.

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has affirmed that Napoli have no need to sell the 24-year-old, but that is unlikely to deter potential suitors from making an offer.

Despite the presence of Erling Braut Haaland and Julian Alvarez at the Etihad, Sky Deutschland – via claims that Man City are among the clubs aiming to bring Osimhen to the Premier League this summer.

The report adds that the Premier League champions have made first contact with Napoli to discuss a potential transfer, but the Partenopei would be after €100m (£88.2m) to sanction a sale.

Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille in the summer of 2020 for €75m (£66.1m), and the Nigerian has since posted 49 goals and 14 assists in 89 appearances for the Partenopei in all tournaments.

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