Victor Osimhen, a star for Napoli, has reportedly been designated as Manchester United’s top target for the summer transfer window.
Harry Kane, a forward for Tottenham whose contract with the club expires in the summer of 2019, has been strongly connected to Erik ten Hag’s team.
According to Simon Mullock of The Daily Mirror, Tottenham will demand £100 million for any deal this summer. Kane’s other suitor, Bayern Munich, is reportedly unwilling to engage in a bidding battle at that price.
That would certainly give United hope that a deal can be completed, but Ten Hag has noted a number of alternatives the club can pursue in the event that Kane does not make it to Old Trafford.
Osimhen, a Nigerian striker who has been on fire for Napoli this season, is reportedly one of those options. Having scored 21 goals in Serie A this year, he leads the league in that category. ESPN asserts that he is worth at least €100 million (£88.5 million).
As he attempts to lead the Italian team to their first European championship, he has also scored four goals in five Champions League games.
Although United are apparently willing to test the resolve of owner Aurelio de Laurentiis, Napoli are not often known for trading players in their prime until a deal suits the club.
Osimhen is now Man Utd’s top target.
After passing up the chance to sign Wout Weghorst to a permanent contract at the end of the season, Football Insider reports that United has now designated Osimhen as a major target.
The Dutchman has made a significant contribution to Ten Hag’s team, and his hold-up play and off-the-ball movement have given United’s offense an additional aspect.
But he has not been a reliable scorer, scoring just twice since his arrival in January, both of which came in cup or continental tournaments. For United’s most recent games against Brentford and Everton, Weghorst was relegated to the bench.
Osimhen, according to Football Insider, might be the striker to step in after Weghorst’s loan period is through. Ten Hag is reportedly searching for a long-term successor for Cristiano Ronaldo, who left the team by mutual consent in December.