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Journalist says Arsenal are in prime position to sign Europe’s most wanted striker in the summer

Journalist has hinted that Arsenal are in a pole position to swoop in for one of Europe’s premier strikers this summer.

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Arsenal’s pursuit for a world class striker continues, but January appears unlikely to yield the desired results due to various factors impacting the club. The summer transfer window, however, presents an opportunity for Mikel Arteta to reinforce the team, with insiders asserting that Arsenal are primed to secure the signature of Victor Osimhen from Napoli.

Despite initial interest in Brentford’s Ivan Toney, whose decision to stay and aid Brentford’s battle against relegation has altered the landscape, Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri believes that a move for Victor Osimhen is increasingly plausible.

Osimhen, the reigning African Footballer of the Year, currently representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, has hinted at his departure from Naples in the summer, stating, “I have already made my decision on the next step to take at the end of the season. I already have my plan, I know what I want to do, the next step I want to take.”

Victor Osimhen has hinted at a possible summer departure from Napoi (Image credit: Getty Images)

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Palmeri, providing insights on Osimhen’s potential move, analysed the prospects of the Nigerian striker joining Arsenal, along with other top European clubs. He commented, “So, Osimhen will leave Napoli this summer. His goal is [the] Premier League. His [release] clause is €130m, but Napoli could accept till €110m. Bayern, PSG, and Real Madrid could have room and money. Who in [the] Premier? Arsenal, the one ticking all boxes: needing a n9, chance to spend.”

Arsenal’s proactive approach in the transfer market, evident in the summer signing of Declan Rice for a club record fee, showcases their willingness to pay a premium for the right player, the club remain open to making a significant investment in Osimhen.

However, the success of luring Osimhen to North London may hinge on Arsenal’s performance in the current season, as the Napoli striker could require convincing if Arsenal faces another trophyless campaign.

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