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Arsenal & Newcastle keen on Napoli striker after missing on Vlahovic

Wed 26 January 2022 | 16:05

After missing out on Dusan Vlahovic when the Fiorentina forward sealed a contract with Juventus, Arsenal and Newcastle United have made Victor Osimhen their signing priority with his €70m price tag, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Newcastle is rich with cash due to newfound ownership from the PIF, a Saudi Arabian investment firm, but they don't have much attractiveness because they are in danger of being relegated from the Premier League. 

Arsenal, however, is in desperate need of an attacker and appears to be on the verge of losing out on

Champions League

's qualifying once more. 

Despite this, they were both willing to pay the €75 million asking price for Fiorentina attacker Vlahovic, only for the Serbian to prefer Juventus.

The

Premier League

 teams may still look to

Serie A

for a new center-forward, with the Gazzetta dello Sport reporting that Newcastle United is interested in Osimhen. 

Although that deal is an inquiry topic regarding inflated costs over minor team players in part-exchange, Napoli spent €80 million to sign the Nigerian international from Lille in 2020. 

The 23-year-old is a lightning-fast striker who has netted nine goals in 16 competitive appearances for Napoli this season. 

He's had a string of injuries, including several facial injuries after colliding heads against Inter, and he's acquired COVID-19 twice, the most recent of which forced him to miss the Africa Cup of Nations (

AFCON

). 

According to the Gazzetta, Napoli Chairman

Aurelio De Laurentiis

would be willing to sell for at least €70 million.

 

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