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Arsenal handed boost in pursuit of Victor Osimhen as release clause lower than rumoured €130m

Arsenal have been told that the release clause of Victor Osimhen is lower than the speculated €130million.

Arsenal are actively seeking a prolific goalscorer in the transfer market, and numerous names are circulating for potential moves to North London. One notable player in consideration is Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

Since his transfer from Lille to Naples in 2020 for €70 million, the reigning African Footballer of the Year has evolved into one of Europe’s premier center-forwards. Despite expectations of his departure from the Italian champions in January following a social media incident with the club, the 24-year-old put rumours to rest by signing a new contract.

According to Mail Sport, Osimhen’s new contract will keep him in the club until 2026, featuring a substantial €105 million release clause, underscoring the club’s high regard for him as a valuable asset.

In his three years with Napoli, Osimhen has contributed significantly, scoring 63 goals and providing 16 assists in 111 appearances. His impact played a pivotal role in the club clinching their first Scudetto title in 33 years.

Discussing Osimhen’s future, his agent, Calenda, expressed satisfaction with the player’s current situation in Naples, emphasising his commitment to aiding Napoli in securing more trophies this season.

In a statement to Corriere dello Sport via Football Italia, Calenda said, “Victor is doing very well in Naples and wants to take the team as high as possible. He has always said it and backed it up on the pitch. We just closed a historic deal in the history of Italian football. Let’s enjoy it.”

He added: “I represent Victor and I want what’s best for him. We’ve both wanted a renewal since the summer. Last summer, plenty of offers arrived, some monstrous ones, but De Laurentiis wanted to keep Victor and we made ourselves available. If we wanted to leave, we would have said so. Instead, we worked, a lot, to get the renewal done. Next summer it will be the same.”

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