Victor Osimhen has the potential to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at Arsenal after transfer news emerged from La Repubblica (via Sport Witness) that the north London club are ready to launch a bid for the LOSC Lille ace in the upcoming summer window.
According to the publication, the Gunners and Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli could go head-to-head for the player’s signature.
As per Sport Witness, La Repubblica’s report mainly focuses on how the Naples club are in a better financial situation than their Italian league rivals.
It is claimed that Aurelio De Laurentiis will be able to dictate the rules of summer transfers, both incoming and outgoings. Therefore, Napoli are not frightened about competition from the Gunners.
La Repubblica believe that the Emirates faithful will transform the negotiation for the forward into an auction as Mikel Arteta’s side are ready to launch for his signing.
Lille value the player around €55 million (roughly £49.3 million), and having lost Nicolas Pépé to AFC last summer, the outlet adds that the outcome may be different this time around.
Sport Witness added that there is every chance that Arsenal are being used to pressure Napoli.
Indeed, Arsenal may fancy themselves in a transfer war having persuaded Pépé to join, and they could raise funds by selling Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if he wishes to leave having not signed a new contract as of yet.
Should Arsenal sell Aubameyang in the summer?
Comparing their stats in their respective domestic leagues so far this season, Osimhen is not far behind the Gabonese international in the goal scoring department and has made more assists, whilst averaging more shots and dribbles per game (via Whoscored).
The Nigerian is also nine years younger than his African compatriot, giving plenty of time for himself to grow into Aubameyang’s shoes.
With money possibly raised from Auba’s sale, £49.3 million could potentially be a bargain in the long-term.
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