Victor Osimhen: Five Potential Candidates That Could Replace Nigerian Striker at Napoli

Victor Osimhen: Five Potential Candidates That Could Replace Nigerian Striker at Napoli

Robert Abong'o
April 12, 2024 at 9:25 PM
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  • Napoli is preparing for the departure of Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen
  • The reigning Serie A champions have identified potential replacements
  • The club might face financial obstacles in signing some of these players

As Victor Osimhen's departure from Napoli looms, the Italian club has begun the search for his successor, reportedly compiling a list of potential replacements

While top European clubs have expressed interest in Osimhen, it appears the battle for his signature will primarily involve Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Blues' pursuit of the Nigerian seems particularly fervent, with former Premier League players openly advocating for his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Napoli star stfiker, Victor Osimhen, in action in a past match. Photo: Marco Luzzani.
Napoli is preparing for the departure of Victor Osimhen. Photo: Marco Luzzani.
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Having secured their first Serie A title in 33 years last season, the club is preparing for life after Osimhen.

Five strikers could sign to fill the void that the Super Eagles' talisman will leave.

Victor Boniface

Napoli is reportedly eyeing Bayer Leverkusen's Victor Okoh Boniface., as reported by Soccernet. The 23-year-old Nigerian has impressed in the first half of the season, notching 10 goals and eight assists in 15 starts. Leverkusen, however, remains hesitant to let go of the talented forward without a bid of around €55 million.

Viktor Gyokeres

Former Sporting CP midfielder Josè Luis Vidigal urged the Partenopei to consider Viktor Gyokeres, who has been pivotal for the Portuguese league leaders, scoring 36 goals and providing 15 assists in 42 appearances. However, his high valuation, estimated at around €100 million, could pose a financial challenge.

Jonathan David

Jonathan David has emerged as a strong candidate this year, with his contract expiring in 2025 and his asking price dropping to €40 million. The Canadian international has been in fine form, netting 23 goals this season, including 16 in the French championship.

Santiago Gimenez

The club has reportedly set its sights on Feyenoord's Santiago Gimenez, who has scored 21 goals in 25 games this season. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Mexican, whose asking price is reportedly €50 million, is the primary target.

Joshua Zirkzee

The Serie A champions have also shown interest in Joshua Zirkzee, with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly laying the groundwork for a potential transfer. Valued at €50 million by Bologna, Zirkzee has impressed in Italy, scoring nine goals and providing five assists this season.

PSG close in on Osimhen deal

Sports Brief reported that PSG offered Osimhen a mega offer as they continued searching for Mbappe’s replacement.

The reigning French champions are ready to pay his entire release clause, estimated to be worth €120m.

He has scored 14 goals in 26 appearances across all competitions for Napoli this season.

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