Napoli will do whatever it takes to keep their most prized asset, Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian goalscorer arrived from Lille in 2020 and is enjoying the best goalscoring season of his professional career so far, having netted 16 goals in 28 appearances Partenopei.
With Lorenzo Insigne joining Toronto FC in a mega-deal and Dries Mertens in the dark over his contract situation, the onus is on Osimhen to develop Napoli’s forward line next season. For this reason alone, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis does not want to see him leave after two seasons.
However, the presence of Premier League pounds is expected to change Napoli’s mind going forward. Corresponding tuttosport (about TuttoNapoli), it will be very difficult to resist the onslaught of English clubs for Osimhen.
Newcastle United and Arsenal are expected to offer €120m for the highly-rated 23-year-old forward who is currently enjoying a breakthrough at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Of the two aforementioned clubs, the Gunners already have should have made the first contact after the player was scouted extensively during that tenure.
Despite spending almost two months on the sidelines with a broken cheekbone, Osimhen has made a strong return to the big stage and played a big part in helping Napoli assert themselves as a contender for the Scudetto race until Empoli arrived.