LILLE FRIEND Arsenal and Napoli in transfer fight for Victor Osimhen but Lille’s £50m asking price could prove problem for striker

ARSENAL are ready to launch an offer for Lille striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports.


Posted Thursday, May 28, 2020 by Thesun.co.uk

The Nigerian forward has impressed in Ligue 1 this season, bagging 13 goals in the French top-flight for Christophe Galtier's side.

LILLE FRIEND Arsenal and Napoli in transfer fight for Victor Osimhen but Lille’s £50m asking price could prove problem for striker
Osimhen has enjoyed an excellent debut year in Ligue 1 Credit: Reuters

At just 21, Osimhen possesses bags of potential, which has not gone unnoticed by the Gunners.

But Mikel Arteta's side will face stiff competition from Napoli, with La Replubblica claiming that Gennaro Gattuso's side are in good financial shape to compete for his signature despite the coronavirus pandemic.

In fact, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is confident about doing business on his terms this summer, and is "not frightened" of going head-to-head with Arsenal for Osimhen.

The Gunners' small transfer budget is no secret, and Lille's £50million asking price for their star man could be a huge stumbling block.

Arsenal still owe Lille a hefty sum from the Nicolas Pepe deal last summer, with the £72m quoted fee having been structured into instalments over a number of years.

Having lost out to the North Londoners for the Ivorian last year, Napoli are now in the driving seat to capture Lille's latest star prospect.

Since joining from Charleroi last summer, Osimhen has been in superb form, bagging 18 goals in all competitions for Les Dogues.

But Gunners fans may be sceptical, with Pepe having failed to make a significant impact at Emirates Stadium after enjoying a similarly good year in Ligue 1.

The 24-year-old earned his move to Arsenal by scoring 23 goals and assisting a further 12 from the wing last season under Galtier.

But he failed to hit the ground running, although showed some signs of improvement following Arteta's arrival.

Signing a centre-back is Arsenal's priority, but they may have no choice but to chase a new striker, should Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both leave the club.



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