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Arsenal could swap key player for Victor Osimhen



Arsenal could swap key player for Victor Osimhen

Reports emerging from Italy suggest that Arsenal is exploring an ambitious “player-plus-cash swap deal” to acquire Napoli striker Victor Osimhen during the upcoming January transfer window.

The move comes as Arsenal fans express concern over the club’s lack of a prolific goal scorer, despite their joint-top position in the Premier League following a notable 1-0 victory over title rivals Manchester City.

Mikel Arteta, the manager of Arsenal, has recently relied on Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah for striking duties.

However, both players have been criticized for squandering scoring opportunities, prompting speculation that the North London side may seek to reinforce their attacking options.

Victor Osimhen, Napoli’s key attacker, has emerged as a potential target for Arsenal.

Osimhen, a Nigerian international, has less than two years remaining on his contract with Napoli.

Reports suggest that his relationship with the Serie A club may be strained due to a series of “unacceptable” TikTok videos involving the player. Consequently, Osimhen might be open to exploring new opportunities.

Despite the potential interest, the 24-year-old forward is expected to come with a significant price tag.

Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has reportedly set a hefty asking price of £150 million for Osimhen, as reported by Italian outlet Il Mattino.

However, Arsenal could potentially sweeten the deal by offering Gabriel Jesus as part of a player-plus-cash swap arrangement.

Football Italia reports that;

“Napoli have identified Jesus as one of their three targets to replace Osimhen should the star striker depart, opening the door to a possible swap deal in January.”

Interestingly, Arsenal could face competition from their London rivals, Chelsea, who are also reportedly considering a double swoop for Victor Osimhen and Brentford forward Ivan Toney.

Toney however will cost Arsenal £80 million from Brentford.