Man Utd most ‘determined’ to sign £132m striker as Didier Drogba warns against move to rival bidder

Will Ford
Reported Man Utd target Victor Osimhen celebrates his goal

Manchester United are ‘more determined in their choice’ of Victor Osimhen than their rivals to sign the Nigeria international, according to a report.

Osimhen has been in fine form for Napoli this term, scoring 26 goals in 31 appearances in all competitions, and he’s attracted interest from some of the top clubs in Europe.

Chelsea and United are both in desperate need of a striker this summer and are among the clubs most heavily linked.

Paris Saint-Germain have joined the Premier League pair in showing ‘more direct interest’ in Osimhen than other clubs.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sport Witness), who claim United hold the advantage over Chelsea as although the Blues are ‘able to offer sumptuous contracts’, they look set to miss out on European football next season.

Any intersted party will have to present an ‘offer that cannot be refused’, with Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis said to be holding out for €150m (£132m).

Napoli still hope the 24-year-old stays and ‘will only surrender to a super offer’.

United have ‘been following the Nigerian for some time’ and ‘appear to be more determined in their choice’ compared to their rivals.

Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who’s been a mentor for Osimhen in recent times, believes the striker should reject offers from Paris Saint-Germain.

“If he is really in the sights of a club like PSG, it shows the full extent of his talent and the season he is having,” Drogba told Canal+.

“But, PSG is not the club he needs to continue his progress.”

Speaking about Drogba earlier this year, Osimhen said: “I have always supported Drogba and I have huge love and admiration for him.

“I remember when he scored the equaliser in the 2012 Champions League Final, an amazing header, and the way I celebrated was as though I had scored the goal. My friends knew I was obsessed with Drogba.

“When I scored 10 goals and won the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup in 2015, one of the Nigeria staff showed me a tweet from Drogba. It said ‘Congratulations Victor. I wish you all the best for the future.'”

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