Victor Osimhen of Napoli has been heavily linked to a summer move by Manchester United, although the Red Devils are supposedly up against competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Newcastle United.
Since signing to Naples in 2020 from Lille, the 24-year-old forward has established himself as one of the best in Serie A, scoring 36 goals in 65 league games.
With 12 Serie A goals, three more than any other player in the division, he has scored the most goals so far this season.
There is no doubt that Osimhen will leave in January given how well Napoli is performing at the top of the Premier League and how far ahead of AC Milan they are in the standings. However, offers are anticipated to come in when the summer transfer window opens.
The Nigerian forward has been hailed as the solution to Manchester United’s front-line issues, and Newcastle and Arsenal are reportedly also interested in his services, according to Naples-based newspaper Il Mattino, via Goal.
Osimhen won’t be cheap, though; according to the source, Napoli will demand about £133 million for their star striker.
Osimhen’s contract only expires in 2025, so it is unclear if they will be able to extract that kind of money from potential suitors. However, if enough clubs express interest, a bidding war may break out.
The man said last month that he is not considering leaving Napoli, but that things might change if they were to bring home a trophy.
‘It’s one of the best clubs in Europe and I want to win here,’ Osimhen told Il Mattino in December.
‘The future is this moment, try to win something relevant in Italy. It’s hard to think about something better than Napoli, one of the best clubs in Italy, right now I am only focused on this season because we haven’t done anything yet. We must win something and then we’ll see what happens.’