Chelsea yardstick to cost Man Utd in bid to sign top target who ‘spoke’ to Arsenal boss about transfer

Will Ford
Reported Man Utd target Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia celebrate a goal

Napoli have set a huge asking price for Victor Osimhen, who could already be playing for Arsenal.

Osimhen is thought to be the top target of a number of Premier League clubs, with Manchester United and Chelsea most frequently linked with his transfer this summer.

The Nigeria international – who moved to Napoli from Lille for £70m in 2020 – has been on fire this season for the runaway Serie A leaders – scoring 25 goals in 29 games in all competitions.

Napoli will offer Osimhen a new contract but are readying themselves for significant interest in the striker.

According to Gazzetta dello Sport, President Aurelio De Laurentiis, won’t sell his star for less than €150m, with the €120m Chelsea paid for Enzo Fernandez in January being used as a yardstick.

The 24-year-old could already by plying his trade in the Premier League if Arsene Wenger had been more persuasive.

In an interview with CentreGoals Osimhen revealed that he had an offer from Arsenal before joining Wolfsburg in 2017.

“I spoke with Arsene Wenger, and he wanted me to come to Arsenal, but it was not the best option at the time,” he said.

Journalist Ben Jacobs told TEAMtalk earlier this month that Chelsea and United are both in the running to sign Osimhen, as well as fellow Serie A striker Dusan Vlahovic.

“Manchester United, first and foremost, are still seriously looking at Victor Osimhen, and it’ll be intriguing to see whether knowing that his dream is the Premier League, Napoli can hang on to him,” Jacobs said.

“Chelsea will also be in the race for Osimhen as well as Dusan Vlahovic, which is another possibility for Manchester United.

“There’s a real opportunity to sign him [Vlahovic] from Juventus as well over the course of the summer because the player has an appetite now to leave and try the Premier League. And of course, before he moved to Juventus from Fiorentina there were strong links and concrete attempts by Arsenal to try and sign Vlahovic.

“So the Premier League has always been an option and Manchester United and Chelsea will be in that conversation as well.”

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