Napoli star Victor Osimhen continues to be linked with Newcastle United. Calciomercato claims that the Magpies are now expected to move for the striker, following a successful campaign for the forward.
Osimhen has netted 13 goals so far this term, putting him right at the top of the Italian side’s scoring charts.
La Gazzetta dello Sport have reported that Napoli wants £84 million for Osimhen. So if the reports are true then for any contact to be successful it would have to be within that price range. Other suitors include Manchester United according to the same Calciomercato report.
Newcastle to move for Osimhen?
The approach makes a lot of sense. Newcastle will be looking to bolster their attacking options this summer. Callum Wilson has just returned from injury and Chris Wood has struggled for consistency. Meanwhile, Dwight Gayle doesn’t seem to be part of Eddie Howe’s plans and could well part this summer.
As previously mentioned, the Magpies need new attacking recruits. Victor Osimhen to Newcastle would be a very exciting one. He’s 23-years-old and Osimhhen has a strong goal tally in Serie A.
Of all the Newcastle transfer targets in discussion at the moment, Osimhen is one of the, if not the most exciting name linked. Wilson remains the Magpies’ top scorer this season with just six goals. Considering Osimhen’s goal tally this season, he could really offer another dynamic upfront.
However, what could be an obstacle for a number of Newcastle transfer targets is the lack of European football. This applies not just to Osimhen.
Whilst the likes of Kieran Trippier and Bruno Guimaraes made the move to Tyneside in January. Some players will want to continue playing in Europe, whether it be the Champions League or the Europa League.
This could be the case with Victor Osimhen. Newcastle may have the cash to afford him, but the player might not want the move. His form has alerted Champions League sides to his talents, and he may decide that elite level European football is important to him.
But if Newcastle could pull off a deal it would be a big statement from the club. Especially with their need to bolster the squad this summer. Osimhen could be the Toon’s statement of the summer.