Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is eager to strengthen the team’s attack in the upcoming summer transfer window. Securing an elite goalscorer has become a top priority for the club. Initially, the focus was on two main contenders, Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. However, United’s plans have faced setbacks.
While Kane remains unavailable for any price, recent reports suggest that Osimhen has extended his contract with Napoli. Nonetheless, Gazzetta dello Sport reveals that the striker could still be sold for a record fee, attracting interest from several clubs, including Manchester United.
Uncertainty Surrounding Osimhen’s Future
Gazzetta dello Sport discloses that although Victor Osimhen has committed to Napoli for now, there is a possibility of him being sold for a substantial fee. Various clubs are waiting for the opportune moment to make their move.
The Neapolitan fans are eager to know whether Osimhen will continue with the Italian champions, but even the player himself may not have the answer.
Prominent clubs such as PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and Chelsea have expressed interest, but Napoli’s current asking price of €150 million has resulted in potential buyers biding their time.
One significant obstacle Napoli faces in retaining Osimhen is their wage structure. The player desires higher wages, surpassing his current €4.5 million salary. This demand, coupled with market interest, exceeds the sustainability rules set by Napoli.
Premier League clubs, on the other hand, have the financial means to meet Osimhen’s wage expectations, potentially prompting him to seek a transfer. Napoli is aware of the interest in the 24-year-old striker and is preparing alternative options should the transfer market become active.
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Potential Replacements and United’s Interest
Interestingly, Gazzetta dello Sport suggests two names as potential replacements for Osimhen, both of whom are also targets for Manchester United. Jonathan David of Lille, who finished as the third highest goalscorer in Ligue 1, and Rasmus Hojlund, a talented player from Atalanta, are among the options considered. As the Osimhen saga unfolds, it will be intriguing to see where he ultimately ends up.
Manchester United should keep a close eye on the situation, especially considering their unsuccessful pursuit of Harry Kane.
Manchester United’s quest for an elite goalscorer has faced obstacles, with both Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen presenting challenges. While Kane’s availability remains elusive, Osimhen’s potential transfer is still plausible, provided the right offer is made.
The interest from various clubs, including Manchester United, indicates the allure surrounding Osimhen. As the situation develops, United must monitor the progress closely, ensuring they explore all possibilities to strengthen their attacking options.