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Ian Wright claims Arsenal have ‘really concrete’ chance to sign £150m star

Ian Wright has provided an update on the future of Arsenal target Victor Osimhen.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Victor Osimhen. Sporting director Edu is believed to have already held talks with Napoli over the prospect of making a deal to secure the striker’s services.
Of course, the Serie A outfit are reluctant to part with the player. The Nigerian striker is a talismanic figure for Napoli, having fired them to a league title triumph last season. The club have previously suggested that there is a £150 million price tag on the forward.

However, as things stand, Osimhen’s current contract with the club is set to expire in just over 18 months. Time is running out for the Naples-based outfit to agree new terms with the 24-year-old before his market value starts falling rapidly by virtue of him approaching free agent status.
Fabrizio Romano has his say on Victor Osimhen situation

According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Napoli are still desperate to convince Osimhen to commit his future to the club. However, they have been frustrated in their efforts to sway the player so far.

Writing in his Daily Briefing, the reporter said, “despite what Napoli are saying about Victor Osimhen and a new contract, I’m not sure they are that close to signing a new deal. Napoli president De Laurentiis has shown many times that he likes to use the media also to put some pressure, so it’s also normal.”

“Napoli are trying, Napoli are trying with the best proposal in their history to Osimhen – it’s a higher salary than players like Cavani, Higuain and many others had in the recent years, so it’s a really big, big contract. But from what I’m hearing at the moment, there is still no full agreement in place with Osimhen.”
Napoli are pushing, Napoli are insisting, Napoli also improved their proposal, so they’re waiting for him. De Laurentiis is optimistic, but from what I’m hearing, it’s still not a done deal.”

“In any case, I think the opportunity for Osimhen to leave in summer 2024 remains really, really concrete. As I always mention, I don’t see a January exit for the player, but I think the most likely solution is going to be a summer move and I’m not so sure that he’s going to sign a new deal.”

What this update means for Arsenal

If Arsenal are serious about pushing for the player’s signature, then this news will be music to Mikel Arteta’s ears. However, it will have no bearing on the Gunners’ business in the upcoming January transfer window.

The north London club are heading into the winter market with a very limited budget a their disposal. What’s more, there is a more pressing need to invest in other parts of the pitch. Recent injury setbacks have left Arsenal short of options at the back. Sourcing defensive reinforcements in January has to now be a priority for Arsenal.
Even if Osimhen were to clearly become available in the summer, the Gunners would still struggle to bring him to the Emirates Stadium. There would surely be huge competition for the player’s signature, as he has proven himself to be an elite-level goalscorer and still ought to have his best years ahead of him.

At best, this situation is one to keep an eye on. It is still very much possible that Osimhen’s agent and representatives are leveraging Arsenal’s interest, whether it be concrete or merely perceived, to try and coax a better offer out of Napoli. Time will tell what the future truly holds for Osimhen.

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