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Osimhen transfer: If not Tottenham, then where?

7:35 PM GMT 11/11/2022
Victor Osimhen Napoli 2022-23
Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea are among European heavyweights that the Nigeria striker could join after fans vetoed a move to Spurs

Fans in Africa are not keen on Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen moving to Tottenham Hotspur following rumours that the North London club want to revive their interest in him.

While some feel moving from Napoli to Tottenham would be a step down, others think he has no chance of dislodging Harry Kane and Son Heung-min in Spurs frontline.

Nigeria coach Jose Peseiro has also added his voice to the debate, saying ‘every team in the world wants to buy Osimhen’ whom he feels will not stay long in Naples. So, who has the pull and financial muscle to snap up the striker who cost Napoli a club-record fee of €70 million, potentially rising to €80 million, from Lille in 2020?

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    Manchester United

    There were rumours of a potential move to Manchester in the summer but nothing materialised. However, Erik ten Hag’s team is crying out for a striker of Osimhen’s skillset.

    United do not have an out-and-out striker on their books currently and it is believed this will be a priority area in the next transfer window if not next summer.

    A 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, who is in the final year of his contract, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, both who like to play out wide, have filled in the centre-forward position but none of them have the power, pace, the finish and positional awareness of the Nigerian.

    At 23, age is also on his side and United are among a few teams that could afford to pay the over €100 million that Napoli would be demanding if he was to leave.

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    Bayern Munich

    Another team that was heavily linked with an interest in Osimhen, Bayern will certainly be in the market for a striker and the 23-year-old, who has nine goals and two assists in 13 games this season, could be the perfect replacement for Robert Lewandowski.

    Julian Nagelsmann has had to rely on wingers Serge Gnabry and Sadio Mane for goals with 19-year-old attacking midfielder Jamal Musiala their standout player, but the Bavarian giants need a proper striker if they are to dominate domestically and compete in Europe.

    Osimhen offers just that, as he has the pace and poise of Lewandowski and will also be difficult for defenders to mark due to his power, plus the ability to finish with both feet. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting is currently doing well and is set for a new deal but he is 10 years older than Osimhen which works in favour of the Super Eagles forward.

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    Chelsea

    Chelsea have another African striker on their books in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the former Gabon captain is struggling to settle in which is a worry to the Blues’ hierarchy and supporters.

    With Romelu Lukaku likely to extend his stay at Inter Milan, Chelsea will be on the lookout for another striker who can hit the ground running.

    Osimhen will provide that and might remind Chelsea fans of Didier Drogba, given the Nigeria international’s game mirrors that of the Ivorian legend who was revered for his ability to bully defenders into submission while he possessed a powerful shot.

    Chelsea are also among a handful of teams that can afford the huge transfer fee that Napoli would demand.

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    Paris Saint-Germain

    With the future of Kylian Mbappe, who has been reported to be unhappy just months after signing a bumper contract, uncertain, and Lionel Messi in the final year of his deal, there could be an opening for Osimhen in the French capital.

    Osimhen knows Ligue 1 very well, having starred for Lille in 2019-20 when he scored 18 goals in 38 games, earning him the club’s Player of the Season Award, before his big-money move to Napoli.

    The striker would be an instant success in Paris given the talent in PSG’s midfield that would create numerous chances for him. What’s more, money would not be a stumbling block for the Qatari-owned club.

  • Victor Osimhen Ibrahima Konate Napoli Liverpool 2022

    Arsenal

    The Gunners were rumoured to be monitoring Osimhen before they signed Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City but still look light upfront where their options include the Brazilian and his compatriots Gabriel Martinelli and Marquinhos, Eddie Nketiah and Reiss Nelson.

    None of them comes close to Osimhen in terms of output and overall quality, however. The Nigerian would give Arsenal a focal point which they do not have with their current strikers, who like to drift wide into space wide, instead of playing on the shoulders of the defender like Osimhen.

    Arsenal are not known for eye-watering transfer figures and might be hesitant after getting their fingers burnt by the £72 million outlay on Nicolas Pepe but the Nigerian is a gamble worth taking.