Journalist warns of ‘very dangerous drift’ over potential £178m Man Utd deal for ‘brilliant madman’

Joe Williams
Man Utd target Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring a goal

Man Utd have been told they will be signing a “brilliant madman” in Victor Osimhen if they can striker a summer deal for the Napoli striker.

The Red Devils are desperate to land a new striker in the summer transfer market after they allowed Cristiano Ronaldo to leave on a free transfer in November.

Marcus Rashford has done very well since the World Cup break, contributing 11 goqls and four assists in 13 matches in all competitions, while Man Utd also strengthened their attack by bringing Wout Weghorst to the club on loan from Championship side Burnley until the end of the season.

It is unlikely that Weghorst will remain at the club beyond the end of the campaign with Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag reportedly setting his sights on Osimhen or Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

And Italian journalist Gianni Visnadi thinks Osimhen would be a great signing for Man Utd or any other team but warns the reported €200m (£178m) asking price could have damaging repercussions for football.

“I am crazy about Osimhen and I think he is a fantastic player,” Visnadi told Radio Crc.

“€200million for a footballer seems crazy to me. If we go by the ratio with others I think there is a very dangerous drift in this aspect.

“Osimhen is crazy because he does things that others don’t even think about, this year he is showing who he really is.

“Congratulations to whoever chose him. He is a jewel that has been polished well to make him shine as he deserves.

“Napoli had continuity, good game, alternatives. Napoli went 6 games without Osimhen and no one noticed it because some good guys entered who won the games. Osimhen arrived with the stigmata of a champion, but the coach’s merits are also evident because he is a total player.

“Ibanez making that mistake should be thanked because otherwise we wouldn’t have seen a crazy play from Osimhen. Only a brilliant madman can make that play, the genius of making that shot there is extraordinary.”

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis is notorious for driving a hard sale and it appears he will be no different over Man Utd’s interest in Osimhen with the Italian insisting his star striker is not for sale.

“I can tell you that Osimhen is not for sale,” De Laurentiis told BILD.

“Our players are in demand, but I don’t have to sell anyone. We don’t have any debts.”

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