Arsenal are already preparing their moves for the January transfer window with an out & out striker still on Mikel Arteta’s agenda. The club have been heavily linked with a move for Ivan Toney in recent months, however it now appears another top European striker is at the top of the Gunners list ahead of the winter window.
We understand Arsenal have identified Victor Osimhen as their main striker target. Mikel Arteta sees him as the player who is going to take his side to the next level as the Gunners continue to look for glory both in the league and in the UEFA Champions League as well.
The Arsenal manager is desperate to add a proven goalscorer to his squad and Osimhen definitely fits that bill. The 24-year-old scored 26 goals in the Serie A last season which helped guide the Italian side to their first ever league title.
There’s no doubt Victor Osimhen is one of Europe’s most prolific strikers, which is why he is currently valued at around £110million. Arsenal would have to break their £105m transfer record paid for Declan Rice in the summer, if they want to sign the Napoli man ahead of next season..
The Nigerian striker is said to favour a move to the Premier League with Arsenal having monitored the player for a few years now. In fact, Victor Osimhen’s agent met with Edu at London Colney in the summer of 2022 to discuss a potential deal, but the Gunners were priced out of a move and went for Gabriel Jesus instead.
It now appears the club are set to reignite their interest in the Napoli striker. Osimhen won’t come cheap or easy as Arsenal will likely face competition from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United for the players’ signature.
Napoli president Aurelio de De Laurentiis has also admitted in recent weeks that Osimhen’s departure could be on the cards soon: “I have never been unhappy towards Osimhen, but there are always two of us in these things. I have remained the same, if his mood has changed over a new deal I can’t do anything about it.
“If things change after a handshake, it’s disappointing, we take note of it but then life goes on. There are excellent relations with him, the contract expires in 2025, there is time. Don’t forget that I sold Koulibaly to Chelsea a year before his contract expired.”