Serie A champions AC Milan have joined the race to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen who is also a target for Premier League side Manchester United.
AC Milan entered the race for Osimhen, with the forward edging towards an exit from Napoli in the summer. Manchester United remain in the hunt for the Nigerian hitman, who carries a big price tag, with Napoli demanding a fee over €100 million.
Osimhen has been one of the top names on the lips of many big clubs in the Premier League heading into the summer transfer window. The style with which the Nigerian striker plays could suit English clubs, while his goalscoring record warrants a big investment.
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Napoli are at a crossroads regarding Osimhen, as Aurelio De Laurentiis ponders a decision over the striker’s future. While the Napoli president remains keen to hold on to the forward, the eccentric Napoli supremo could sell him for an offer of over €100 million.
Napoli reportedly rejected a bid worth €90 million from Arsenal, and the Gunners could be expected to go back with an improved offer. Meanwhile, other clubs from the Premier League, such as Manchester United, are keeping close tabs on the striker’s situation.
Napoli are looking to make a profit over their huge investment in Osimhen. They paid €70 million to Lille to secure the services of the Nigerian international and would consider bids over €100 million to let Osimhen leave. Manchester United have been considered front-runners for Osimhen signature, as incoming boss Erik ten Hag wants him to replace the outgoing Edinson Cavani.
Manchester United want to sign a new striker in the summer, as they are left with only Cristiano Ronaldo as an out-and-out centre-forward at the club. Osmihen is considered a target, with a firm eye on the long-term future.
However, Manchester United now face competition from AC Milan, who have joined the hunt for the Nigerian international. Director Paolo Maldini is keen on the Nigerian and could be willing to make an attractive proposal in the coming weeks. Whether De Laurentiis will be open to letting him join a Serie A rival will remain a question.
AC Milan want to add a top-class striker to their squad, but there is also the question of being able to afford a striker like Osimhen. Manchester United have the financial power to sign Osihmen and the Nigerian forward may prefer moving abroad to joining Napoli’s Serie A rivals.