Arsenal told to cough up ‘around €100m’ for Aubameyang ‘heir’

Date published: Monday 21st March 2022 12:13 - Lewis Oldham

Arsenal target Victor Osimhen

Arsenal have been told that they will have to pay ‘around €100m’ to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli this summer.

The Gunners are among the English teams interested in the striker.

In 2020, Napoli broke their club-record transfer fee to sign Osimhen for a fee that could rise to €80m from Lille.

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The 23-year-old has been in great form for the Italian giants this season. He has netted 15 goals from his 25 appearances across all competitions.

Arsenal’s priority this summer will be to sign a new striker. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang left in February to join Barcelona.

The striker has grabbed nine goals in eleven games for the Spanish side. He was involved in three goals as Barcelona beat Real Madrid 4-0 on Sunday.

Arsenal could also lose Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah this summer as both players are out of contract in June.

Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness) are reporting that Arsenal are ‘on the lookout for Aubameyang’s heir’. It is said that they have a ‘substantial budget’ at their disposal.

The report adds that Arsenal are indeed interested in Osimhen. A move will not happen ‘unless a proposal of around €100m materialises’.

Elsewhere, Arsenal legend Ian Wright has named a quintet of current Gunners stars who have grown in character:

”Long may it continue. We’re going to need more goals from other places, as well, but you have to mention the defence.

“Bernd Leno did fantastically well when he came [into the team] today.

“Villa, obviously, didn’t put him under as much pressure as I thought they would. But defensively, midfield – everything was so solid. Arsenal winning games away from home like that is brilliant to see, it’s really good to see.”

Mikel Arteta has built a young, vibrant side at Arsenal this season but they have been criticised over their lack of leaders in the squad.

However, Wright has hit back at the critics and named five of the current squad who have impressed him this season.

“A lot of pundits have been very joyous in talking about Arsenal and how weak they are, [having] no leaders. Look at them now… this Arsenal team are a young side, we’re starting to see characters grow in the side.

“We’re starting to see people like Ben White, Gabriel [Magalhaes], Kieran Tierney, [Martin] Odegaard, Thomas Partey. We’re talking about five, six, seven, eight players are getting an eight out of 10 every week. That’s what you have to do.

“And then it’s up to the owners and the manager and the recruitment to bolt on the kind of players that are going to fit in the squad and continue to help them improve.”

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