Arsenal hold talks with Victor Osimhen’s agent

By on March 14, 2024

Victor Osimhen Napoli

According to journalist Charles Watts of Caught Offside, Arsenal have held talks with Victor Osimhen’s agent at their training ground, but the Napoli hitman may prove to be too expensive this summer.

Arsenal news columns are filled with speculation over which striker Mikel Arteta will add to his project at the end of the season. If there’s one thing Gooners want to know, it’s which clinical striker the club will sign.

Strikers such as Viktor Gyokeres, Joshua Zirkzee, Ivan Toney, and Victor Osimhen have all been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in recent months.

Victor Osimhen to Arsenal

Osimhen is expected to leave Napoli in the summer. The Napoli owner has informed the striker’s admirers that the only way they will lose the Nigerian international is if a club activates his about £111 million release clause.

According to Watts, Arsenal chief Edu has held talks with Osimhen’s agent at the clubs training ground and they remain interested in signing the 25-year-old.

However, Arsenal may decide a move for Osimhen is too costly as the club want to strengthen several areas of the squad this summer. Watts told Caught Offside:

“It will be interesting to see whether they move for Victor Osimhen,”

“He, like Toney, is a player they like and I know that his representatives have visited Arsenal’s training ground for talks with Edu.

“Those talks took place in the summer when Arsenal eventually signed Gabriel Jesus. Jesus was always the priority that year, but Osimhen was definitely a player they viewed as a serious alternative.

“That interest will remain, but the Nigerian could prove to be too costly an option in a summer given Arsenal want to spread their budget around as they look to take the squad to the next level.”

With other targets like Ivan Toney likely to cost as little as £50 million and Joshua Zirkzee £50 million, it makes sense that Osimhen’s deal appears to be costly for Arsenal.

Arteta needs to bring in a winger, central midfielder and maybe another defender this summer, as well as a striker, so Arsenal cannot afford to spend over £100m filling just one of those positions.