Tottenham Hotspur are interested in a deal to bring Victor Osimhen to north London.
That’s according to Enrico De Lellis, with the Italian journalist revealing in a recent interview with CalcioMercato that, despite rumours of Spurs’ interest in Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, Antonio Conte has informed Fabio Paratici that it is the SS Napoli striker who tops his attacking wishlist ahead of the 2023 summer transfer window.
However, De Lellis went on to state that both Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also interested in the 23-year-old hitman – who is believed to have an asking price in excess of €100m (£87m) – while the Nigeria international is also expected to demand a considerable salary and assurances of a new suitor being competitive for titles in the future.
Regarding Tottenham’s interest in the centre-forward, the journalist said: “[Conte] will have a budget of around €200m (£174m). There are rumours about Lautaro, but the real name that Conte told Paratici is Osimhen.
“The Napoli striker is also very popular with Bayern Munich and Manchester United, even if the Germans closely follow [Benjamin] Sesko as well. Their policy is to carry out operations under €100m, so Osimhen is a secondary option.
“The Nigerian is the classic Premier League footballer and it turns out to be the real target of Tottenham. But it will be necessary to understand his will: he is demanding for the future and not only from an economic point of view.”
Considering just how impressive Osimhen has been since his move to Napoli back in the summer of 2020, coupled with the fact that Harry Kane’s long-term future at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium appears increasingly uncertain, it is not difficult to see why Conte would be interested in a deal to bring the 23-year-old to north London next summer.
Indeed, over his 70 appearances for Gli Azzurri, the £43.5m-rated talent has been in astonishing goalscoring form, bagging 32 goals and providing his teammates with a further ten assists – averaging a direct goal contribution every 112 minutes of football played for the Serie A side.
Furthermore, according to FBref, the £91k-per-week striker ranks in the top 10% of forwards in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 2% for non-penalty xG, the top 2% for shots, the top 10% for touches in the opposition penalty area and the top 24% for shot-creating actions over the last 365 days.
These returns in the final third see FBref compare the player who Zach Lowy dubbed “scary” to some of the biggest attacking talents in European football, such as Manchester City goal-machine Erling Haaland, Juventus monster Dusan Vlahovic and Barcelona assassin Robert Lewandowski.
As such, should Kane indeed move onto pastures new at the end of the current campaign, Osimhen would very much appear to be an “unbelievable signing” – in the words of Dean Jones – for Paratici to get over the line, as the Nigerian sensation would appear to be one of the few forwards in world football who could adequately replace the 258-goal Tottenham talisman.