Arsenal have seen their €60 million (£51m) offer for Victor Osimhen rejected by Napoli, according to reports in Italy.
THE LOWDOWN: KEY TARGET
Osimhen has had a standout season at Napoli, firing them to UEFA Champions League qualification with a third-place finish in the Serie A, above the likes of Juventus, Lazio and Roma.
Throughout his time in Italy, he’s managed an impressive 28 goals and nine assists in 62 games for Gli Azzuri propelling himself to become one of the most clinical forwards on the continent.
With the Gunners desperate to bolster their quality in attack, the Nigerian international has now become a key target.
THE LATEST: TESTED THE WATER
According to Il Mattino, Arsenal have already tested the water with a €60m (£51m) but that has already been turned down by Napoli.
The report claims that the Serie A club are demanding a €100m (£85m) fee for the Nigeria international.
THE VERDICT: SPLASH THE CASH
It is no secret of Arsenal’s desire to splash the cash on a new striker this summer, and for that reason the Gunners must increase their offer for the Nigerian hitman.
Claimed to be ‘the most terrifying striker in Europe‘ by journalist and African football expert Saddick Adams, Osimhen is a player who will surely have a lot more admirers come the summer, and it is easy to see why the Napoli hierarchy will command a huge outlay for the striker.
The 6 foot 1 star has already proven he can dominate English opposition, scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw with Leicester City in this year’s Europa League.
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.”
Indeed, the £54m-rated hitman has bagged 18 goals in 32 appearances this season and has 28 strikes in 62 matches for the Azzurri overall (via Transfermarkt), a sensational record that top clubs around Europe can only dream of.
Arsenal will be looking to make that a reality in the transfer window seeing as they’re currently struggling for goals consistently from their frontmen.
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.
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