£110m-rated star expecting Arsenal negotiations to take place

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Italian sports outlet Gazzetta dello Sport has reported that Victor Osimhen, the star striker for Napoli, believes Arsenal will express their interest in signing him during the summer transfer window. This speculation arises despite the fact that the Gunners have not yet officially registered any interest in the Nigerian forward.

Osimhen, 25, has become one of the most sought-after forwards in European football. After an impressive season back in 2022/23 with Napoli, where his goals were instrumental in securing the Serie A title.

He hinted back in January that he had made a decision regarding his future. This has since fueled widespread rumours about a potential move away from Naples.

Premier League clubs are reportedly circling, with Osimhen himself expecting an approach from Arsenal in the coming weeks. Such a transfer would be a significant move for both the player and the club, as Arsenal look to bolster their attacking options and add a natural finisher and box player to their ranks.

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Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is expected to demand the full €130 million (£110.7 million) release clause stipulated in Osimhen’s contract. This high price reflects Osimhen’s value and the impact he has had at Napoli. Despite this hefty fee, the forward’s performance has justified such a valuation, making him an attractive prospect for top-tier clubs.

Recently, there were discussions about a possible swap deal with Chelsea, involving Romelu Lukaku. However, these negotiations have since fallen through, leaving the door open for other clubs to make their move.

While Arsenal’s interest in Osimhen is yet to be formally declared, the club’s need for a prolific striker is evident. Adding a player of Osimhen’s caliber would significantly enhance their attacking threat. Mikel Arteta’s side has shown considerable improvement, but the addition of a top striker could be the key to competing for major titles

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  1. He is injury prone. Already missing over 10 games through injury this year, he is now at this moment carrying an injury. Not sure this deal for an injured player will happen, especially for a ridiculous £110 million. If you asked for this money at the beginning of last year, I would have said yeh maybe. But now after a season plagued with injuries and his overall mediocre form by his previous standard, I would say no more than £65 million, and it would be a huge gamble at that price. That 180 page player dossier, Edu was talking about, I think their would be a lot of negatives, enough to put Edu off from any deal happening.
    If you are going to pay £100 million for a striker then you would aim higher in the form of Germany’s player of the year, center forward “WERTZ”. Wertz is a world class young center forward who is similar in technical skills to Bergkamp and Henry, and a clinical finisher.

  2. I don’t believe Arsenal would spend 100M on a striker.
    They should just go for Sesko who is younger and more affordable. sesko will sure get to Osihmen’s level not too long from now.

    Osihmen would not have renewed his contract if he was serious about moving for a new adventure. I don’t see any club that will accept to pay 100M for him right now with so many options in the market.

    He must get his representatives to talk to his club about cutting down that price before interested clubs go for other more affordable options.

    I also like Gyokeres but he too will surely remain at Sporting

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