Man United have identified Osimhen as a top transfer target, with a ‘£85 million+ move planned
According to a new report, Manchester United have identified Napoli star Victor Osimhen as a top target for the summer transfer window.
Erik ten Hag’s team has been heavily linked with a move for Tottenham forward Harry Kane, whose contract with the club expires next summer.
According to the Daily Mirror’s Simon Mullock, Spurs will demand £100 million for any sale this summer, with Kane’s other suitor, Bayern Munich, hesitant to enter a bidding war at that price.
That would certainly give United hope that a deal can be struck, but Ten Hag has identified several alternatives that the club can pursue if Kane does not arrive at Old Trafford.
According to various reports, one of those alternatives is Nigerian striker Osimhen, who has been in excellent form for Napoli this season. He has 21 Serie A goals this season, making him the division’s leading scorer. According to ESPN, his worth is at least €100 million (£88.5 million).
He has also scored four goals in five Champions League games as he looks to help Italy win their first European title.
Napoli are not known for selling players in their prime unless the deal benefits the club – but United are reportedly willing to put owner Aurelio de Laurentiis to the test.
Man United’s top target is Osimhen.
According to Football Insider, United have made Osimhen a top target after passing up the chance to sign Wout Weghorst on a permanent deal at the end of the season.
The Dutchman has made an important contribution to Ten Hag’s team, with his hold-up play and off-the-ball movement adding a new dimension to United’s attack.
However, he has not been a consistent scorer, with both of his goals since January coming in cup or continental competitions. Weghorst has been relegated to the bench for United’s remaining two games against Brentford and Everton.
According to Football Insider, Osimhen could be the striker to fill the void once Weghorst’s loan expires, with Ten Hag looking for a long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the club by mutual consent in December.