Manchester United are reportedly leading the race to sign Chelsea target and Napoli striker Victor Osimhen this summer, according to Football Insider.
It is no longer hidden that Erik ten Hag is seeking to sign another prolific goalscorer to bolster United’s attack for next season.
The Red Devils have already been linked with numerous options ahead of this summer transfer window, with Harry Kane named as a priority target. But it has been suggested that Osimhen is also on Man Utd’s radar.
However, it was previously reported that Chelsea are looking to strengthen their front row this summer and have identified the Napoli star as their main target.
It has also been suggested that the Blues are “confident” in luring the Nigerian international away from the Diego Armando Maradona stadium later this season.
However, according to the Football Insider report, Chelsea have already spent more than £500m in the last two transfer windows and are currently struggling to comply with FFP rules. So they may find it difficult to match the nine-figure price Napoli are asking for the purchase of Osimhen this summer.
The report also said United are now in “pole position” to acquire the services of the 24-year old, but are likely to face a stiff challenge from PSG to finalize a potential deal for Osimhen.
However, it was recently revealed that the striker “dreams” of playing in the Premier League, which could give Ten Hag’s side an advantage over PSG in this run.
The African still has more than two years left on his current contract. Napoli are in a strong position to ask for a hefty fee to sell their star player this summer and it has been suggested that the Azzurri could demand a fee of around £133m if they are forced to raise funds.
Osimhen is lightning fast, strong, brilliant in the air, can finish his chances and has the efficiency to hold up the game. So he would certainly be a savvy asset to Man Utd if they can secure the deal this summer.
However, it would be impossible for United to secure a deal if their takeover process fails in the summer transfer window and a wealthy owner like Al Thani fails to win the race to acquire the club.