Arsenal face strong competition as Napoli struggle to tie Osimhen down to a new contract


Arsenal face strong competition as Napoli struggle to tie Osimhen down to a new contract
Victor Osimhen

Arsenal may find it difficult to stump up the cash for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen despite adding him to a list of targets.

The Gunners are facing competition from London rivals Chelsea, with them looking to lure the Nigeria international to Stamford Bridge next month.

Arsenal and other suitors have been presented with a potential opportunity to pounce as Napoli are struggling to tie Osimhen down to a new contract.

Arsenal are showing 'signs' that they will not be able to afford Napoli star Victor Osimhen next month, and transfer insider Dean Jones has told GIVEMESPORT how boss Mikel Arteta could react as he looks to improve his chances of securing the Premier League title at the Emirates Stadium

The Gunners moved two points clear at the top of the table thanks to registering a third consecutive domestic win against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend, meaning supporters are dreaming of going one step further than they managed last season.

Arsenal's push for the crown has come after spending big during the summer, including shattering their transfer record when they spent £105million on landing Declan Rice from West Ham United, and there has been speculation over whether Arteta could bring in further reinforcements when the winter window opens at the turn of the year.

Osimhen on list of Arteta targets

Arteta has added Osimhen to his wishlist after Arsenal have set aside funds to secure the services of a new striker next summer, according to TEAMtalk, but the north Londoners are facing stiff competition after it has emerged that Napoli will only sanction his exit for £120million.

The report suggests the Nigeria international, who has scored six goals and provided a further two assists for his teammates in 13 appearances this season, is a Chelsea fan and they are open to pushing for his signature in January.

In a major blow for Arsenal, respected journalist Jones recently told GIVEMESPORT that Osimhen would be keen to seal a switch to Stamford Bridge if Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino is willing to meet Napoli's lucrative demands.

The 24-year-old's current employers are refusing to accept a cut-price fee after he played a pivotal role in them clinching the Serie A title last term by finding the back of the net 26 times and registering an additional five assists in 32 outings.

But Osimhen's admirers could see the fast-approaching winter window as an ideal opportunity to pounce as he is set to enter the final 18 months of his Napoli deal, which is worth just over £90,000-per-week, and Gli Azzurri have struggled to convince him to pen a contract extension.

It is understood that issues have arisen in the former Lille marksman's negotiations over fresh terms, resulting in it becoming increasingly likely that he will refuse to sign on the dotted line and a departure could be on the cards.

Although Arsenal have already held discussions with Osimhen's representatives over a potential switch to the Emirates Stadium, they would prefer to wait until the summer before heading to the negotiating table instead of lodging a January bid.

Source: givemespport


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