Premier League side Arsenal is reportedly considering a strategic move to acquire Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen during the summer of 2024. Following their groundbreaking deal for Declan Rice, which shattered Arsenal’s previous transfer record, the club is showing readiness to invest substantially in their squad’s future.
With Napoli appointing former Spezia chief Mauro Meluso as their new sporting director, Arsenal’s excellent relationship with Meluso has opened up the possibility of a marquee bid for Osimhen in the upcoming transfer window. To make way for the arrival of a top striker, Eddie Nketiah or Gabriel Jesus might be moved on by Arteta.
Despite previously rejecting a move to Arsenal in 2015, Osimhen’s recent successes and increased market value may change the situation. The Nigeria international is currently valued at €120m, and Napoli is eager to retain him, engaging in contract discussions with his agent, Roberto Calenda.
Osimhen’s impressive performance in Napoli’s Scudetto-winning campaign, scoring 26 goals in 32 Serie A appearances, has heightened his allure in the football market. Although he’s open to signing a new four-year contract with a club-record salary of approximately €7m net per season, the contract negotiations’ sticking point lies in the release clause, with Osimhen aiming for €120m and De Laurentiis holding out for €160m.