Victor Osimhen of Nigeria and Napoli is a target for some of Europe’s best teams, with Bayern Munich apparently willing to pay over €100 million for his talents.
Osimhen, a native of Edo state, has attracted Real Madrid’s attention this season as he leads Napoli’s attack.
Due to a series of injuries and a bout with Covid-19, he only scored 10 goals in his first season with Napoli, after the Italian club paid a club record €81.3 million to bring the Nigerian from Lille to Naples.
In his second season with Napoli, the 22-year-old has nine goals in only 11 games, the most recent coming in last Thursday’s 3-0 Europa League win over Legia Warsaw.
According to a report in the Spanish newspaper AS, Osimhen has been on the radar of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, with the German club willing to pay over €100 million to sign the Nigerian international at the end of the season, possibly as a replacement for the ageing Robert Lewandowski, who is also on Real Madrid’s radar.
According to AS, Osimhen isn’t Real Madrid’s top transfer target, but if the Spanish club fails to sign its top three targets, Kylian Mbappé, Erling Hland, and Robert Lewandowski, he might rise to the top of the list.
According to the publication, the 33-year-old Lewandowski, whose contract with Bayern Munich expires in 2023, may request a transfer next summer as he wants a new challenge outside of the Bundesliga, where he has dominated for the past 12 seasons, first for Borussia Dortmund and then for Bayern.
Bayern will trade Lewandowski and sign Osimhen as a replacement because they are unlikely to see his contract expire.
According to the source, Bayern Munich is willing to pay Napoli more than €100 million to sign the Nigerian, who previously played in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg.
On Sunday, scouts from Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were present in Rome’s Stadio Olimpico, where Osimhen and Napoli were denied the chance to set a new Serie A record by Roma, who held them to a goalless draw, preventing the Blues from winning their ninth consecutive league game.
After being undefeated in their previous eight league matches, it was the first time the Naples-based club had failed to score in the league this season.
AS Roma boss Jose Mourinho praised his players after the game for halting the in-form Osimhen.
Mourinho told Roma’s official webpage, “The game had a lot of transitions in it — they attempted to play really directly via Osimhen and then bring others into play around him.”
“[On Sunday], I appreciated the organization and the manner we controlled, in a sense, because restraining Osimhen’s attempts to get into space is far from easy.”