Napoli star, Victor Osimhen, continues to be linked with a summer transfer to Arsenal. The talented frontman has enjoyed an extremely productive campaign with the Italian side, netting 16 goals across all competitions for the Serie A giants.
Considering Mikel Arteta’s side still need to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the coming months, a move for Osimhen seems to make sense for the north London club. Fellow forwards Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are also both into the final three months of their contracts at the Emirates Stadium, leaving the Gunners short of options in attack.
With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at all the latest news relating to a potential transfer for the Nigerian international ahead of the summer window.
Arsenal have won their last two Premier League outings, overcoming Chelsea and Manchester United 4-2 and 3-1 respectively in the last week. That leaves them two points above fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur after the Lilywhites slipped up against Brentford.
And securing a spot in next season’s UEFA Champions League may be vital in the race to sign Osimhen, if La Gazzetta dello Sport, via GIFN are to be believed. The Italian outlet’s recent report has claimed that the 23-year-old is eyeing a move to the Premier League this summer.
The report also says that Osimhen would be keen to play for Arsenal next term but only if they can secure a place in next season’s Champions League.
Napoli transfer expert Emanuele Cammaroto has reported that the Gunners are very interested in Osimhen, although the Nigerian is said to want to play in the UEFA Champions League with the Serie A giants instead. “The big names of the Premier League are following him and are beginning to come forward,” said Cammaroto ( via Sport Witness ).
“But Napoli’s idea is to keep the Nigerian centre forward at least for another season unless there are significant proposals. At the moment, Arsenal has come forward and has sounded out the player’s entourage.
“Osimhen has registered the interest of the Gunners, and it seems that he has been flattered by the proposal. But he doesn’t consider Arsenal a first choice for his career. The former Lille player wants to play in the Champions League with Napoli, and then he will choose his future.”
Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport have reported that the Gunners have ‘set their sights’ on the Nigerian frontman, whilst technical director Edu and Co are said to be leading the pack at this moment in time.
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.
Corriere dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano has reported that the player would turn down a move to Arsenal if Manchester United came knocking. Speaking about Osimhen, via TEAMtalk, Giordano said: “Arsenal never stopped following him and, surprisingly, Manchester United. In the personal imagination of a 23-year-old player, United are a temptation and if the Red Devils reach certain figures, history teaches us those certain operations must be done.”
As per Caughtoffside, Osimhen isn’t the only Napoli man on Arsenal’s radar as the north London outfit have also been strongly linked with the Nigerian’s club teammate, Fabian Ruiz. According to transfermarkt, the midfielder is valued at £49.5million, meaning a swoop for both the Spaniard and Osimhen will be costly.
NapoliGazzetta dello Sport, via Sport Witness, has claimed that Arsenal are interested in Napoli centre-forward Victor Osimhen. However, a move will not happen unless the Gunners can cough up around €100million (£84million) for the Nigerian international. It’ll ultimately be interesting to see whether Arsenal pursue the forward at the figure quoted, or whether they believe there’s a better and cheaper alternative out there.
As per La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia, Newcastle United attempt 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 €4m-a-year deal at the Stadio Maradona runs out in 2025. Nevertheless, as aforementioned, President Aurelio De Laurentiis would consider offers in the region of €100million.
The 23-year-old has previously admitted that he came close to joining Arsenal during Arsene Wenger’s trophy-laden time in north London. Speaking to the Independent back 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; Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the rest. Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18.”