Arsenal will be in contention to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen at the end of the season, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
In a recent interview, Osimhen heavily hinted that he will move clubs this summer, and writing in his Daily Briefing column, Romano said the Gunners are monitoring his situation, along with Chelsea:
“Osimhen will complete the season at Napoli and then will leave in the summer – he believes his cycle at Napoli after great success there is done.”
“Chelsea will be in the conversation as he’s always been highly rated there, keep an eye on Arsenal too, while there is also going to be interest from Saudi again. Let’s see how it goes, but he’s confirmed he will be available on the market this summer and keen to try a new experience.”
What has Osimhen said about a transfer?
Speaking to CBS Sports, the Nigerian international suggested that he already has made a decision on his future ahead of the summer transfer window:
“At the end of the season, I think I already made up my mind. I already know what I wanna do with my career.”
Arsenal will have to break their transfer record to sign the forward
Osimhen only signed a new contract with Napoli last month but it included a release clause that is reportedly worth €130m (£111m). If the Gunners, or any other team for that matter, want to snap up the 24-year-old, they will have to pay that amount.
After bringing in Declan Rice from West Ham last year for £105m, it looks like Arsenal will have to break their transfer record in consecutive summers. At the moment, a move to the Emirates remains up in the air. Osimhen’s comments have effectively triggered a race for his signature. In addition to Chelsea, there will be others who will compete with the Gunners for the player.