Arsenal could have a huge advantage in the developing race for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, should they end up in the battle for him this summer.

That’s according to Gazzetta dello Sport, who say Arsenal being able to offer Champions League football could put them at an advantage over their rivals.

The newspaper explains that Osimhen is set to be a hot topic in the coming months after Kylian Mbappe seemingly decided he will be leaving Paris Saint Germain.

The French side will move for him if and when Mbappe goes and it would be difficult to see a deal not going through if they decide to pursue him, at least according to Gazzetta.

However, one potential problem is that Osimhen has a long-standing desire to move to the Premier League and it remains his ‘great goal’.

That could be achieved as there is ‘no shortage of admirers’ for him in England and Arsenal are among them.

At the moment Osimhen’s idea would be to go to Chelsea as that’s where his idol, Didier Drogba, played and that counts highly for him.

But they can’t guarantee Champions League football next season, or perhaps even the season after that, but Arsenal can offer him that and they are ‘ready to sign up’ for the sprint to secure his signature.

They would have to pay €130m to get him, which is the value of the striker’s release clause and has to be paid in one instalment. Osimhen also earns €10m in Naples and would presumably want that at least matching, more likely improving.

Whether Arsenal could afford all of that remains to be seen but they are ready to get involved and may have a major advantage over one rival in the Premier League at least.