Arsenal £51m bid for Highly rated forward rejected by club with new £85m bid set to be submitted


Arsenal have seen their €60 million (£51m) offer for Victor Osimhen rejected by Napoli, according to reports in Italy.

The Gunners are looking to sign two new strikers before the end of the summer transfer window with both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette leaving the club this year.

Arsenal have already held extensive talks to sign Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City but Osimhen is also on the club’s shortlist.

The 23-year-old has scored 28 goals in 62 appearances since joining Napoli in a £69.5m deal from Lille in 2020.

According to Il Mattino, Arsenal have already tested the water with a €60m (£51m) but that has already been turned down by Napoli.

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The report claims that the Serie A club are demanding a €100m (£85m) fee for the Nigeria international.

Osimhen has just ended the campaign with 18 goals in 32 appearances for Napoli, while he has scored 24 goals in 51 Serie A games since moving to Italy.

The striker still has three years remaining on his current deal with Napoli.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are also looking to raid Napoli this summer as they are targeting Kalidou Koulibaly.

The 30-year-old is among the candidates to replace Antonio Rudiger, who left Stamford Bridge on a free transfer to join Real Madrid.

Koulibaly has just a year remaining on his contract with Napoli and the Serie A club would be willing to sell the centre-back this summer.


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