Newcastle United are reportedly now readying a record offer for Victor Osimhen in the summer.
The Lowdown: Statement signing
With safety in the Premier League all but guaranteed this season, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are sure to be looking for a statement signing at St. James’ Park in the summer to really kickstart the new era, much like the arrival of Bruno Guimaraes from Lyon in the January transfer window.
Osimhen could well be that signing, having scored 17 goals with a further six assists in total over all competitions so far this season (Transfermarkt).
He is sure to be in demand by some of Europe’s top clubs, with Liverpool and Arsenal reportedly both preparing moves already, so swooping in and bringing him to Tyneside would be a big show of ambition.
The Latest: Offer readied
As per Calciomercato, the North East club are ‘especially’ interested in signing Osimhen this summer, having tried to sign him in January.
Should Newcastle sign Osimhen?
They are ‘ready’ to guarantee him a salary of between €8-9m (£6.7-£7.6m) per season, which would make him their highest-paid player, but he would cost a whopping €100m (£84.4m), a club-record transfer fee.
The Verdict: Worth the risk
Of course, spending that much money on one player presents a lot of risk, but at 23 years of age, Osimhen has the potential to become one of the world’s best in his position.
Described as ‘unplayable‘ by journalist Zach Lowy, and a ‘warrior‘ by his manager Luciano Spalletti, the Nigeria international certainly has a lot of admirers, and so this will by no means be an easy deal to do.
Likened to Mo Salah in terms of his importance to Napoli compared to the Egyptian’s significance at Anfield by Serie A legend Jose Altafini, signing Osimhen would no doubt be a big coup for the Tyneside outfit, should they be able to pull it off.
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