Arsenal are expected to lose two strikers at the end of the season with Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette looking to leave
Amid unending reports of interests in Manchester City attacker, Gabriel Jesus, Arsenal are reported to have held discussions with Victor Osimhen’s agent, according to Goal.
The Gunners’ Technical Director Edu is believed to have held talks with Osimhen’s representative in London over a potential summer switch.
The Napoli striker who scored 14 goals and 5 assists in 27 league games in the just concluded season is on top of Arsenal’s wishlist.
Arsenal expect a resolute stance from Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli President as he is a hard-as-nails negotiator.
Napoli are believed to be reluctant to see their most-prized asset leave but should they decide to sell, a heavy price tag of €110m has been slammed on Osimhen.
Partenopei paid Lille £68m to secure Osimhen two seasons ago and after an injury-ravaged first season which still saw him manage double figures, he has looked at home in his second season on Naples and will be deemed a major loss if he leaves.
Arsenal missed out narrowly on Champions League places for next season and are believed to be in need of top players to make a push for higher positions. Despite finishing fifth this season, the Gunners’ hierarchy believe the team is in the right direction and a player of Osimhen’s age, level and quality fits the profile of what Mikel Arteta is trying to build.
It’s yet to be known if Osimhen will be interested in a summer move as he recently stated his desire to play at the Maradona next season.
Napoli will also be playing in the Champions League next season, in what will be just the second time in Osimhen’s career if he stays at the club. Arsenal, on the other hand will be playing in the Europa League but the allure of English football is seen as a major interest in the negotiation.