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“Too expensive”-Man United looking at cheaper alternatives for Serie A sharpshooter

Napoli forward Victor Osimhen
Napoli forward Victor Osimhen. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Manchester United ‘not willing’ to spend over €100 million to sign Napoli forward Victor Osimhen

Manchester United are ‘not willing’ to spend big money to sign Napoli star Victor Osimhen in the upcoming transfer window, according to Sky Sport reporter Florian Plettenberg on Twitter (h/t Manchester Evening News).

The Partenopei want over €100 million to part ways with the Nigeria international. However, the Red Devils have no intention of spending that amount to acquire the 24-year-old’s services next summer.

While the striker is still on the Old Trafford side shortlist, he is no longer their ‘top transfer target’. As a result, the Manchester-based club are looking at other cheaper alternatives to bolster the attack.

Arsenal and Newcastle United are also eyeing Osimhen’s signature. The two Premier League sides are flying high this season, with the Gunners sitting at the top of the table.

The Nigerian signed for Napoli in the summer of 2019 from French outfit LOSC Lille. Since then, he has been a key player for the Serie A giants, finding the back of the net consistently.

In the current campaign, Luciano Spalletti’s team have caught a lot of people’s attention. They are on course to lift their first Scudetto after over 30 years, leading the league at the moment.

Manchester United 'not willing' to spend over €100 million to sign Napoli forward Victor Osimhen.
Napoli set €100 million price tag on Victor Osimhen amidst links to Manchester United. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Napoli also shone in the Champions League, pipping Liverpool to the top spot in the group. They will now face Eintracht Frankfurt in the round of 16.

Man United’s forward line has been reinforced by Wout Weghorst after Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure. However, the Holland international is just a short-term option whose loan term will expire at the end of the campaign.

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Thus, the Red Devils evidently need to buy a quality number nine in the coming months. Considering what the Old Trafford side have paid for players like Romelu Lukaku and Antony over the years, Napoli’s demand seems fair for their talisman. But it remains to be seen whether we will end up signing Osimhen.

Written by Aheed Abrar

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