The highly anticipated transfer of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen to a top Premier League club during the summer window never materialized due to his lofty price tag. However, a shocking twist in his stay with Italian champions Napoli has presented Arsenal with a golden opportunity to secure the talented 24-year-old.
Napoli’s Struggles and Osimhen’s Frustration
Under the management of Rudi Garcia, who replaced Luciano Spalletti, Napoli’s season has gotten off to a sluggish start. The pressure on Garcia has mounted, and recent incidents during a match against Bologna revealed signs of frustration from Osimhen. He was visibly dismayed after missing a penalty and was subsequently substituted.
The Controversial TikTok Incident
In an unexpected turn of events, Napoli released a video on TikTok mocking Osimhen’s missed penalty. Although the video was later deleted, its impact has potentially ignited a legal battle. Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, did not mince words, deeming Napoli’s behavior on TikTok as completely unacceptable.
Doubts Surrounding Osimhen’s Future
As a result of the TikTok incident, Osimhen has taken the drastic step of deleting all photos and videos featuring him wearing a Napoli shirt on his Instagram account. With his contract nearing its final year, this episode has raised questions about his future with the Italian club.
Opportunity for Arsenal
The discontent displayed by Osimhen and his agent suggests a potential window of opportunity for Arsenal to make a move for the Nigerian forward in upcoming transfer windows. The Gunners, who have been linked with other striking options, including Ivan Toney from Brentford, are keen to strengthen their attacking department during the January transfer window. Toney, with a contract expiring at the end of the next season, would command a significant fee of approximately £80m.
Osimhen’s Impressive Track Record
A player of immense talent, Osimhen had a remarkable season last year, scoring 26 goals in 35 Serie A appearances for Napoli, while also notching five goals in six Champions League games. This scoring prowess further enhances his appeal in the eyes of potential suitors.
With Napoli’s misstep regarding the TikTok incident, Victor Osimhen’s future at the club has become uncertain. Arsenal, in their pursuit of a formidable forward, now have an enticing opening to make their move for the Nigerian striker. As the transfer windows loom, all eyes will be on Osimhen to see where his next chapter in football will take him.