Victor Osimhen: Fabrizio Romano Explains Why Arsenal Cannot Sign Napoli Striker

Victor Osimhen: Fabrizio Romano Explains Why Arsenal Cannot Sign Napoli Striker

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 18, 2024 at 1:34 PM
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  • Fabrizio Romano believes Arsenal cannot sign Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen
  • The Gunners have been continuously linked with the Napoli ace this summer
  • Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also reported to be chasing Osimhen

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Arsenal’s purported interest in Victor Osimhen could be nothing but a mere wish for the Premier League club as the Nigerian has been noted to be too expensive for the Gunners.

Mikel Arteta’s team appears to be cooling their interest in the 25-year-old Napoli forward despite being one of the leading contenders for his signature in the summer window.

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Arsenal have reportedly ended their interest in Victor Osimhen as they consider the Napoli forward too expensive. Photo by Mondadori Portfolio.
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According to Caught Offside, football transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano, has stated that Arsenal are concerned about entering into difficult and lengthy negotiations with Napoli for Osimhen due to his huge release clause.

"I’ve had some fans asking me about reports in Italy suggesting that Arsenal have cooled their interest in Victor Osimhen because he could be too expensive, or that they are concerned about entering into difficult and lengthy negotiations with Napoli.
"Osimhen has always been appreciated, but many clubs are cautious now waiting to understand the salary/commission package, as there’s already a very expensive release clause to take into consideration. This is why Arsenal are looking at other strikers, including Viktor Gyokeres, who remains on their shortlist."

Osimhen’s current release clause stands at €130 million, which has seemingly forced the Gunners to cool interest in the Nigerian and focus on pursuing a deal for Sporting Lisbon forward, Gyokeres.

Man United monitoring Osimhen’s case

Meanwhile, Manchester United are keenly observing Osimhen’s transfer situation at Napoli and could make a move for the forward in the summer, The Peoples Person reports.

With Anthony Martial set to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, the Red Devils are considering signing the 25-year-old Super Eagles striker to boost their attack.

Manchester United is said to hope signing Osimhen will relieve the pressure on 21-year-old forward, Rasmus Hojlund, who only joined the Premier League club last summer.

Liverpool urged to sign Osimhen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Premier League legend, Steve Nicol, has suggested Osimhen would be a fantastic Liverpool signing in the summer.

Nicol claims the Nigerian forward will serve as the ideal replacement for Mohamed Salah, who has just one year left on his contract with the Anfield club.

The Egyptian has gained iconic status with the Merseysiders since joining them from AS Roma in 2017, helping them win the Premier League title once.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..