Victor Osimhen, a highly coveted striker with strong ties to Manchester United, is reportedly now being valued at an insane £102 million by Napoli, according to sources.
The Partenopei must sell the Nigerian star, according to The Sun of London, in order to make place for Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Old Trafford.
Osimhen has had a great start to the season, scoring in both of Napoli’s Serie A openers as they beat Monza and Hellas Verona 9-2 total. The 23-year-old was brought to southern Italy in a club-record transfer worth €70 million in 2020, but his time there hasn’t always been smooth.
Osimhen’s progress at Napoli has been constrained by ongoing injury issues. But when he’s been healthy and there on the field, he’s been Luciano Spalletti’s most effective front-third weapon. After Dries Mertens and Lorenzo Insigne left the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in the summer, he seemed prepared to direct the Partenopei attack for a number of years.
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Osimhen’s fate, though, seems to be different. The star gunslinger is a target for Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. After selling Edinson Cavani earlier this summer, the Red Devils are without a real striker. The talisman for Napoli is supposed to be their new leader of the attack.
According to Man Utd, Osimhen will undoubtedly visit Old Trafford in the summer’s final weeks. But to do that, they would have to convince Napoli to sell, which would require making an offer of up to £102 million. Ten Hag’s side is unlikely to receive any benefits from Aurelio De Laurentiis, who has a reputation for being a difficult negotiator.
Napoli, on the other hand, is anxious to welcome Ronaldo back to Serie A. To play in the Champions League, the seasoned forward wants to leave Manchester United. Several European teams, including Milan and Inter, have already requested his services.
After both Milan teams declined to use him, Ronaldo’s agents contacted Napoli. Still, whether Osimhen settles in Naples or not will depend on his future. The Partenopei must sanction the Nigerian’s transfer to Manchester United before the Portuguese can arrive.