Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte is now personally keeping tabs on Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to reports.
The Lowdown: Paratici planning…
The Lilywhites oversaw significant investment in Conte’s first-team squad over the summer after he guided them to a top-four finish in the Premier League last season.
Subsequent deals were struck for a plethora of major signings in one of Tottenham’s busiest-ever transfer windows, with club owners ENIC even granting a £150m equity increase.
Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster, Yves Bissouma, Richarlison, Clement Lenglet, Djed Spence and Destiny Udogie (on loan at Udinese) all joined the club, with Spurs also making Cristian Romero’s loan move permanent.
Tottenham currently sit in the top four, winning eight of their opening 14 league matches, but the demands of English top-flight football ensure that squads remain ever-changing.
The Latest: Conte eyeing Osimhen move…
According to reports out of Italy, Conte is now thought to be an admirer of Osimhen, who has already netted a very impressive eight goals and two assists in nine Serie A starts this term.
This comes amid exit links surrounding star striker Harry Kane as the player’s contract is due to expire in 2024, not to mention that the Englishman is apparently attracting interest from Bayern Munich.
Italian journalist Rudy Galetti has now claimed that Conte ‘sees’ Osimhen as the ‘ideal replacement’ for Kane.
It’s added that a ‘deal’ for the Nigeria international could ‘go through next summer’, with a 2023 agreement possible.
The Verdict: Ambitious…
We believe that Osimhen may be too far out of chairman Daniel Levy’s desired price range.
Reports suggest that the 23-year-old could cost around £100m to prise away from Napoli, even if his form indicates that he is certainly capable of performing in England.
Heralded as a ‘beast’ by members of the media, Osimhen could soon be one of the transfer talking points of next year if he continues to dazzle in Serie A.
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