Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick thinks Napoli striker Victor Osimhen can be the perfect replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Red Devils have a wealth of options up front, which they added to in last summer’s transfer window. While £73million winger Jadon Sancho looked to be the marquee arrival from Borussia Dortmund, Ronaldo somewhat stole his thunder.
While Ronaldo started the season strongly and Sancho not so much, their roles have been reversed in recent weeks. Nevertheless, at 37, there is doubt over the long-term future of the Portuguese.
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As a result, United have had links with a move for a top new striker. Sancho’s former Dortmund team-mate Erling Haaland was a prime target for ex-United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the 21-year-old remains in high demand.
However, another striker who is making waves in Europe is Nigeria international Osimhen. He initially made his name at Lille and consequently earned a move to Napoli in September 2020.
Since then, he has scored 21 goals in 51 games in all competitions, including 11 strikes in 22 matches this term. As a result, he has had links with making a step up to the Premier League, with Newcastle supposedly keen.
According to Napoli expert and journalist Ciro Venerato (via Sport Witness), though, Man Utd have already tested the water over a deal for Osimhen.
In fact, Rangnick supposedly believes that the 23-year-old can be the ideal long-term solution up front for United.
However, the Red Devils will have to pay Napoli’s valuation of €100million (£84million). Indeed, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis will not let his star man leave for anything less.
Meanwhile, Napoli are looking towards Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca as a solution if they lose Osimhen.