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This season Serie A contenders Napoli have found themselves with a gem on their hands in the shape of Victor Osimhen, who is shaping up to be one of the world’s best strikers.
Not every Premier League fan is familiar with the Nigerian striker, but they will be soon.
Osimhen has Napoli on course for Serie A Title
The Nigerian is leading Napoli to their third ever Serie A title, and their first since the days of Diego Maradona. They currently lead the table by 13 points heading into Sunday’s match against struggling Cremonese.
If Osimhen can help his side to a long-awaited Serie A title, then he could well come to be regarded in the same God-like light as Diego Maradona is viewed with in the city.
Osimhen is not as prolific as Man City’s Erling Haaland but he is a more complete No 9.
This season, the 24-year old striker has 16 goals in 17 Serie A outings, but there is so much more to his game. Defenders are terrified by his quickness and might.
The Nigerian excels during build up play and has formed a lethal partnership with fellow attacker Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, another of Europe’s top players this season.
Osimhen recently showed his natural leadership skills too, in rallying his squad from the sidelines after being substituted during a recent win over Roma.
His goal in that game was one of the best in Europe’s top five leagues this season, as he controlled the ball on his chest and knee before unleashing a lovely volley.
Napoli Reluctant to Sell the Nigerian Superstar
Osimhen’s attributes make him a perfect Premier League No 9, but he will not cheap due to his current form.
The striker’s Italian club stated last week that he was not for sale and it will be a tough task for anyone looking to negotiate the sale of the player from Napoli. It will be no different this summer if a club comes for the Georgian, Kvaratskhelia.
Napoli paid £75 million to Ligue 1 side Lille for Osimhen in July 2020. The club will likely be looking to double their money on the young star if they were to sell.
Expect Osimhen, whose contract expires in two years, to face intense pressure from Napoli’s fanatical fans to sign a new contract as time goes on.
Nonetheless, practically every elite player now longs for the challenge, and the money, of the Premier League.
With both Manchester United and Chelsea in desperate need of a goal scoring striker, the summer is certain to be hectic when it comes to the transfers of top forwards in Europe.
Tottenham Hotspur could also make their way into the race for Osimhen if they were to lose Harry Kane this summer. They would demand a big fee for their all-time top scorer and could look to replace him with the Nigerian forward.
Italian manager Antonio Conte and head of transfers Paratici will certainly be aware of Osimhen’s talents and the pair could look to lure the striker to Spurs ahead of next season.
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