An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Victor Osimhen in the summer transfer window…
According to Gazzetta dello Sport (via The Express), the Magpies are preparing a ‘significant’ bid to sign the Napoli star ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The report claims that the Toon are coming in for him for the second time after they tried to land him during the January window and failed to agree a fee for his services.
It has been reported that the Italian outfit want an offer in the region of €110m (£94m) to sell the gem this summer and it remains to be seen how much PIF are willing to pay for him.
If Newcastle can get a deal over the line for Osimhen in the coming weeks then they will be landing a big upgrade on current first-choice Callum Wilson.
The Napoli forward, meanwhile, scored 14 goals and provided two assists – creating three ‘big chances’ – in 23 starts in the Serie A, after scoring 10 goals and assisting three in 16 starts in the previous league campaign.
These statistics suggest that the Nigerian forward would offer more in the final third, in terms of goals, assists and availability.
Ex-Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo previously backed him to succeed in the game, saying:
“He’s the future, he’s going to do so well in football. I love him, he’s down to earth, he’s hard-working, he has a future and he has the mentality of a winner, that’s what I love about him.
“He has that lion’s heart. I love him, I just want him to keep working hard the way he’s doing, he’s going to break so many records in Europe and Nigeria.”
Emmet Gates also hailed Osimhen’s potential as “frightening” and this shows that the gem has the scope to improve further as a player.
Whereas, Wilson – at the age of 30 – may not have much development left to go through. This means that the Napoli man would be the better option in the long term, as well as in the immediate future.
Therefore, the club would be landing a big upgrade on the Englishman by snapping Osimhen up this summer and they must work hard to convince the Serie A side to part ways with him.