£150m Arsenal, Chelsea target could sue club over ‘very serious’ TikTok video mocking striker

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Napoli striker Victor Osimhen looks dejected during a match.
Victor Osimhen looks dejected during a match.

Napoli hero Victor Osimhen is reserving “the right to take legal action” against his own club after they posted a bizarre video to TikTok seemingly mocking him.

The odd video comes after Osimhen helped the Italian team secure a first league title, the club’s first in three decades.

Despite Osimhen singlehandedly bolstering Napoli with 31 goals across all competitions, he became the target of a strange, now-deleted video, shared to the Serie A club’s official TikTok account.

Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda issued a statement on Tuesday night about the incident.

He wrote on Twitter: “What happened today on Napoli’s official profile on the TikTok platform is not acceptable. A video mocking Victor was first made public and then, but now belatedly, deleted.

“A serious fact that causes very serious damage to the player and adds to the treatment that the boy is suffering in the last period between media trials and fake news.”

Calenda added: “We reserve the right to take legal action and any useful initiative to protect Victor”.

The video featured a clip of the striker’s penalty miss from their match against Bologna on Sunday, with an odd, sped-up voice dubbed over the top.

The strange social media clip comes after there appeared to be tension between Osimhen and Napoli manager Rudi Garcia during the game.

The 24-year-old Nigerian striker was seen berating Garcia as he was substituted off with four minutes remaining of the goalless draw.

The bizarre social media scrap comes after Osimhen, who captured the interest of Manchester United this summer, did not sign a new contract with the Italian team.

Osimhen’s current deal runs through to the summer of 2025, though the Naples outfit have been eyeing up a contract extension.

A new deal is expected to include a release clause with Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly very keen to bring the Nigerian hitman to the Premier League.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to bolster his frontline next summer, while the Blues are in dire need of a goalscorer having earned one league win so far this season despite winning every single game on xG (expected goals).

Both London clubs are also believed to be looking at Brentford talisman Ivan Toney, who remains suspended for breaking the Football Association’s gambling rules.

The 27-year-old will make his return in January after he serves an eight-month ban.

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