Arsenal in Pole Position to Snatch Osimhen from Napoli

By on February 18, 2024

Victor Osimhen Napoli

Arsenal appears to be in a strong position to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to Gazzetta dello Sport via Sport Witness. I’m sure you’re excited to read about this strong position, but first, let’s talk about why Arsenal want Osimhen.

Arsenal’s aspirations to buy a striker this summer are well known. The Gunners appear to have found their ability to score goals. They’ve been firing on all cylinders since the winter break.

However, it would be a mistake for them to overlook their scoring struggles over the first half of this season. Before the winter break, it was clear they needed a striker. The emphasis should be on determining who to sign rather than whether to sign one.

FFP restrictions prevented Arsenal from signing a top striker in the winter transfer window. However, they expect to be able to recruit one this summer. A number of strikers have been linked with Arsenal, including Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen’s anticipated exit from Napoli this summer has sparked speculation, with Gazetto dello Sport, via SportWitness, writing a nice piece on his possible destinations. The striker is seemingly keen on a move to the Premier League, which puts Arsenal in a strong position.

Arsenal favourites for Osimhen swoop

According to the report (as reported by Sport Witness), the Nigerian hitman would have wanted to join Chelsea and follow in Didier Drogba’s footsteps. However, with the Blues unlikely to book a spot in next season’s Champions League, he is unlikely to join them. Chelsea are currently 14 points away from the top 4, so they need a miracle to play in the Champions League next season.

Arsenal, on the other hand, are challenging for the title again and will almost certainly be in the Champions League next season. Being in Europe’s elite tournament offers them an advantage in the quest for Osimhen.

According to Gazetta dello Sport, PSG could be Arsenal’s major transfer rival. The French team are considering replacing Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe with Osimhen. However, the Serie A striker’s desire to move to the Premier League means PSG face an uphill battle to lure him to France.

Therefore, Arsenal are touted as ‘favourites’ to sign the 25-year-old, but it is still unclear whether they can match his release clause. According to the Metro, Osimhen’s release clause is worth at least €130 million (£112 million).

If Arsenal can pull off that deal, Osimhen could be the signing that propels Arteta’s project to new heights next season.


  1. Al M

    February 18, 2024 at 1:41 pm

    “Arsenal aspirations to sign striker are well know”
    Arsenal fans and blogs aspirations are well known.
    Club has said nothing

  2. daveg

    February 18, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    Due to the fact if he wanted to leave Napoli, then he would not have signed a new contract with them. So Arsenal are wasting their time in making a bid for him, because it would only boost his ego, and he would not leave Napoli.

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