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Victor Osimhen to Arsenal transfer latest: Gunners ‘leading race’, player’s stance, £84m price

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Napoli star Victor Osimhen is one striker that continues to be linked with a high-profile transfer to Arsenal. The Nigeria international has enjoyed an extremely productive campaign with the Italian side, netting 16 goals in just 21 starts this term. Mikel Arteta’s side are in desperate need of at least one striker this summer after allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Barcelona during the January transfer window.

Fellow frontmen Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are also both into the final three months of their contracts with the club, leaving Arteta short of options up front. With that in mind, football.london has taken a look at all the latest news relating to a potential transfer for Osimhen ahead of the summer window.

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Player’s stance

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.”

Arsenal ‘leading race’

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.

Man United twist

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.”

Napoli duo eyed

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.

£84m price revealed

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.

Fierce competition

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.

Honest Arsenal admission

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.

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