Napoli hope to ward off Manchester United interest in Victor Osimhen
According to the Italian source Gazzetta dello Sport [Print Edition] via Sport Witness (h/t Manchester Evening News), Napoli are hopeful that they can ward off interest from Manchester United and keep hold of Victor Osimhen past this summer. He has once again enjoyed a solid campaign this season despite being out of contention for a while with an injury.
Osimhen has continued to be linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window. That being said, the Italian side want to keep hold of their superstar moving forward and are looking to fend off interest from elsewhere like Man United.
That being said, the Seria A club have set a “minimum” asking price of €100million for the Nigerian’s services just in case some club agree to make an irrefutable offer. The Red Devils will also have to deal with competition from another Premier League side in Arsenal if they want to sign Osimhen.
Osimhen, a necessity?
Centre-forward is one of those areas that Erik ten Hag’s side could use some additions if there are plans to get out of their current plight. After all, their options would include just Cristiano Ronaldo since Edinson Cavani will walk out of Carrington for free when his current contract expires next month.
While Ronaldo has often carried us throughout the last campaign, he is well past his best days and cannot start or even play every single game for us. Hence, adding another top quality striker is a necessity, especially when Cristiano would have to be replaced eventually in the future.
Osimhen, being just 23 years of age, would essentially secure our long term future as he can offer his services for quite a long period to us. More importantly, his development since leaving Lille has been quite something as he has further developed his game to become more well rounded, which could be very useful in ten Hag’s system if his time at Ajax is anything to be considered.
That being said, Luciano Spalletti’s side could be a problem, considering how they are looking to keep hold of Osimhen. If that is the case, then we must look to express our plans to the African attacker and convince him about the new project we are building under ten Hag.
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Convincing Osimhen and using I Partenopei forward to push for a move could be the way to go under the current circumstances. Then again, we would also try our best to reduce that minimum valuation as it could be deemed too pricey, especially when we have several areas that need to be bolstered this summer.
Finally, it would also be best if we keep an eye out for the Gunners as they could use some striker following Pierre-Emerick Aubayemeyang’s January exit to join Barcelona and Alexandre Lacazette’s due departure due to a fast expiring contract.