Arsenal target Victor Osimhen is “more suited” to the Gunners than Manchester United, claims Serie A expert Conor Clancy.
THE LOWDOWN: STRIKER PRIORITY
Mikel Arteta will be prioritising the signing of a striker this summer with the likes of Gabriel Jesus on his radar.
Reports suggest that Arsenal have made their move for Osimhen, with GOAL claiming that technical director Edu had a meeting with the player’s agent last week.
The Nigerian sensation has established himself as one of European football’s most promising young forwards in recent years, moving from Lille to Napoli for €81.3m (£69.5m) in July 2020.
According to Italian outlet La Repubblica (via Sport Witness), Manchester United ‘have already come forward’ with an offer of €100m (£84.4m) for Osimhen.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (via the Manchester Evening News) claim that the 6 foot 1 ace has chosen Arsenal over the Red Devils.
THE LATEST: MORE SUITED
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Serie A expert said: “I think Arsenal will be more suited to him than United, to be honest, because if he goes to United while Cristiano Ronaldo is there, he’s probably going to be held back.
“If he goes to Arsenal, he’s going to be the main man. There’s no comparison between Osimhen and Lacazette.”
THE VERDICT: WOULD BE PERFECT
With Lacazette set to leave the Emirates next month when his contract expires, the Gunners are in desperate need a new consistent goalscorer and the £54m-rated hitman would be the perfect solution for their striker troubles next season.
In 27 Serie A appearances, the Nigerian scored 14 goals to help his side to a third-place finish.
He was also one of the most aerially dominant players in Luciano Spalletti’s squad after recording an average of 1.9 for aerial duels won per game (via WhoScored), showing what he could bring to north London, showcasing the sort of attacking prowess he could provide Arteta.
On Osimhen, former Cagliari manager Walter Mazzarri told DAZN (via Football Italia) at the start of the campaign: “Osimhen is phenomenal because he runs alone at five players and gets through.”
Journalist Zach Lowy believes that the 23-year-old has “everything it takes” to become “one of the best strikers of his generation”, while Emmet Gates has billed the Nigerian’s potential as “frightening.”
While he would be an expensive outlay, the north London club should have the money to pay the fee required, and if they do, it would really send out a statement to the rest of the Premier League and Europe that they mean business this summer.