Arsenal have seen a €90m bid for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen rejected by the Italian club, who want at least €110m.
That’s according to Calciomercato.it, who say the Gunners sent an official offer for the striker via his agent Roberto Calenda.
They explain that at the end of April, Calenda turned up at Castelvolturno in the Konami Training Centre, where Napoli train, to meet with Aurelio de Laurentiis and Cristiano Giuntoli.
At that point, there was talk of Manchester United making a huge bid, but the word coming out of the club is that they will not sell and want to keep Osimhen for another year.
However, they know there will be bids for the striker, and one of those has come from Arsenal, who made a ‘huge offer’ ahead of the competition.
According to the website, the Gunners made a proposal of €90m to sign Osimhen this summer, but De Laurentiis refused it outright.
That rejection, though, came with a note: ‘Osimhen is worth at least €110m’. In other words, we might do a deal, but we want more than what you’re offering.
However, that is an issue for Arsenal, who are likely to miss out on qualifying for the Champions League and the money that comes with it. Thus, they’ve not made any more bids after their original €90m offer was rejected.
Napoli believe this is not the last they’ve heard on the matter and are aware ‘a new push’ from the Gunners is possible, hence increasing talk of a move for Gianluca Scamacca.
He’s got a big asking price himself, though, so that’s why Napoli will continue demanding more and more for Osimhen.