Arsenal have ‘come forward’ for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who is ‘flattered’ by the proposal that has been made to him.
That’s according to journalist Emanuele Cammaroto, who says the Gunners still have some work to do to convince the Nigerian into a move to the Emirates.
Osimhen is likely to be the subject of interest from around Europe this summer, having shone for Napoli this season with 16 goals and five assists in 26 games in all competitions.
Arsenal are known to be among his admirers as Mikel Arteta looks to sign an elite level forward to replace Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who left for Barcelona in the January transfer window.
His exit, plus the likely departure of Alexandre Lacazette in the summer, has left a hole in the Gunners’ forward line, and Osimhen would fill it nicely.
Several reports have linked Arsenal with a move and a report on the 14th of this month stated they were in the lead for the striker.
Cammaroto now backs that up but insists Arteta and his team will have to do a lot of convincing if they are to get their man.
“The big names of the Premier League are following him and are beginning to come forward, but Napoli’s idea is to keep the Nigerian centre forward at least for another season unless there are significant proposals,” Area Napoli report him saying.
“At the moment, Arsenal has come forward and has sounded out the player’s entourage.
“Osimhen has registered the interest of the Gunners, and it seems that he has been flattered by the proposal, but he doesn’t consider Arsenal a first choice for his career.
“The former Lille bomber wants to play in the Champions League with Napoli, and then he will choose his future.”