Two days ago, we carried a report from Calciomercato, who stated that Newcastle United are ‘expected’ to make contact to sign Victor Osimhen.

It was also explained the Magpies ‘want a great centre forward’ and have set their sights on the Napoli star.

Journalist Oma Akatugba is a good friend of the Nigeria international. He appeared as a guest on Radio Marte’s program, Si Gonfia La Rete, where he detailed the efforts made by Newcastle United to secure the 23-year-old’s services.

“Victor is fine. He used his free time to relax, to put his mental state in order because for a few days it was really very negative,” Akatugba said

“His goal was to get something important with Napoli and the fact of not having succeeded created him great bitterness and discomfort.”

“Market rumors? In my opinion, there are already offers: they’re from Manchester United and Newcastle. As far as I know they still do not correspond to De Laurentiis’ desire, but we know that Napoli are a ‘selling’ club.”

Akatugba doesn’t provide any insight into the details of the proposals made, and although these offers have not convinced the Naples club’s chief, Aurelio De Laurentiis, the journalist does mention the former Lille man is likely to make a move away from the Serie A side in the summer.

“As in the past with Cavani and Higuain, in my opinion Napoli will not say no to Osimhen when faced with the right offer,” Akatugba added.

“As I see it, Victor will play elsewhere next season. Football is a sport but also a business, so there are some things about which there is no choice, even if Victor is happy at Napoli.”

“I don’t know now if he will stay in Naples or not, but for me if a club (especially Premier League) arrives, ADL won’t say no, his history explains it.”

“Which team would you prefer? Hard to say, also because he hasn’t talked about it, Victor is still focused on this season finale. What percentage will he stay in? Difficult, but from my point of view there is a high probability that Victor will play elsewhere next season.”

It’s worth noting that Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus took both Edinson Cavani and Gonzalo Higuaín respectively from Napoli by triggering their release clauses.

Osimhen, on the other hand, does not have a buyout clause attached to his contract.