Serie A side Napoli has rejected a big offer worth a staggering £76million from Arsenal for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen according to reports from Italian outfit Calcio Mercato.
The prolific Super Eagles star is on the Gunners’ shortlist but it appears Technical Director, Edu and manager Mikel Arteta will have to smash the club’s transfer record to land the highly-rated striker who few days won the Young Player of the Season award in Italy after 14 league goals.
Arsenal has long admired the 23-year-old, who is now recognised as one of the best young center-forwards in world football following his goalscoring exploits in Serie A.
The north London club previously considered a move for Osimhen during his time at Lille, while legendary boss Arsene Wenger also held talks with the player following the U-17 World Cup way back in 2015, when Osimhen starred in attack for his country.
But a lot has changed since then, most notably Osimhen’s value with Napoli now set to demand a premium in order to agree to any sale this summer.
Calcio Mercato revealed that the Serie A club has rejected an opening offer from Arsenal worth £76m (€90m) about N39 billion.
The Gunners are expected to spend excessively following the conclusion of the season, even if they miss out on Champions League football on the final day of the Premier League campaign.
Napoli on the other have all but secured Champions League football for next season as they are 3rd on the Serie A table with only one round of games to play.