Delivering 31 goal contributions in his 31 games, Victor Osimhen is an irreplaceable piece for Napoli in their legendary campaign this season. The Italian team is on the way to their first Serie A win since 1989/1990 when prime Maradona donned the blue jersey. Following such an exceptional season, the Nigerian international has caught the attention of several big European teams and is likely to seek new opportunities. Napoli asks for over 165 million USD for the Serie A leading goal-getter – definitely not a small price.
Let’s look at some potential destinations, from highly likely to less likely, for the Napoli sensation if he decides to leave at the end of this season. The list comprises teams that need and can afford the striker.
The departure of Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern with such a big hole to fill. Choupo-Moting is a great striker, but the 33-year-old is never in the long-term plan. After being eliminated in the Champions League Quarterfinals this year, the German giant is looking to bounce back, especially with the potential addition of Osimhen. The assistance of Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, and Jamal Musiala is mouth-watering to any strikers in the world.
Bayern board is carefully monitoring the transfer fee of Victor Osimhen, but they could break the club’s transfer record for him. Osimhen’s girlfriend is also German, and she is reportedly fond of a return to her homeland.
Chelsea is in dire need of a quality striker. The Blues only managed to score 30 goals this season in the Premier League and even faced a scoring drought in the last month (Osimhen alone has scored 25 for Napoli in the Serie A). Chelsea has enough quality pieces like Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Enzo Fernandez to create chances, but the team’s finishing has been poor. Building the offense around such a clinical center forward like Victor Osimhen can elevate the team and the players around him. He would make the job of the next Chelsea manager much more effortless than his predecessor.
Todd Boehly won’t be afraid to splash the cash if Napoli and Osimhen agree with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United doesn’t face a scoring crisis like Chelsea, but they could certainly use a quality striker. The Red Devils’ only actual center forward is Wout Weghorst, who is average at best. For a large part of this season, Marcus Rashford has been utilized as a striker, but he lacks the size and would be more fitting on the left. Adding Victor Osimhen to this offense can only mean good things for Erik Ten Hag and Man United. The Nigerian would love the service of Bruno Fernandes and Antony.
PSG would be a good fit for the Napoli star. Right now, the French giant possesses some of the best attackers in the world, but Neymar and Messi are soon to be on the wrong side of the hill. Osimhen can work as a long-term project. Alongside Kylian Mbappe, Victor Osimhen can lead this franchise to their long-awaited Champions League glory. Money has never been an issue for PSG, and they can match the price tag from Napoli. The young star could be fond of a return to Ligue 1, where he used to play for LOSC Lille.
Arsenal is dropping points in the battle for first in the Premier League this season and might be surpassed by Manchester City in the upcoming game weeks. But the team built by Mikel Arteta is ready to bounce back next year. The signing of Victor Osimhen can help The Gooners tremendously on offense, as The Nigerian can operate similarly to how City utilizes Haaland with his size and scoring ability. The only dealbreaker for this transfer to be possible is the hefty price tag, especially when Arsenal might be looking to upgrade their defensive depth.
Less Likely, Conditions Needed
Tottenham might be in for a rebuild here. Therefore, Victor Osimhen can be a fresh breeze to this offense and be the face of the new look Tottenham. This transfer is only on the table if Daniel Levy decides to part ways with Harry Kane. Osimhen is as much of a world-class striker as Harry Kane is, but he is way younger at only 24 years old.
Liverpool already splashed big money to bring in Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo within the last year. Jurgen Klopp’s offense is stacked, but any team would love adding a quality number 9. Liverpool’s playstyle compliments Osimhen’s game very well, and he could be a very productive guy for them. But considering the price, the deal is unlikely to happen.
Karim Benzema’s time a Real Madrid might come to an end in a few seasons, and Florentino Perez is looking for a younger replacement. There aren’t many players that fit the mold more the Victor Osimhen: big, strong, and can support Vinicius Jr. well. However, the ultimate option for the winningest Champions League club seems to still be Kylian Mbappe.
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