Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis insists Victor Osimhen is NOT for sale after reports Man United are preparing a £107m bid for the Serie A top scorer – as the club ‘don’t have to sell anyone’ in the summer
- Victor Osimhen has reportedly emerged as Manchester United’s top target
- The Nigerian international is Serie A top scorer with 16 goals in 17 appearences
- Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis claims he does not need to sell the star
Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has insisted the runaway Serie A leaders do not have to sell Victor Osimhen amid reports Manchester United are planning on launching a summer bid for the forward.
Osimhen has played a starring role in Napoli’s bid to secure a first league title since 1990, with Luciano Spalletti’s side currently 13 points clear of second-placed Inter Milan.
The Nigerian forward leads the Serie A goalscoring charts having scored 16 goals in 17 appearances in the league this season.
Osimhen’s displays have seen the 24-year-old emerge as Man United’s top transfer target this summer, with the Red Devils reportedly preparing a £107million offer.
But De Laurentiis has told German newspaper Bild that he does not intend to sell the Napoli talisman.
Napoli star Victor Osimhen is believed to be Manchester United’s top target for the summer
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis inisted he does not have to sell his star players
‘I can tell you that Osimhen is not for sale,’ De Laurentiis said.
‘Our players are in demand, but I don’t have to sell anyone.
‘We don’t have any debts’.
Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille in 2020 for £62.4m and has scored 45 goals in 83 matches.
His contract expires in 2025 and talks over a new deal are thought to not have taken place yet.
Manchester United are keen to sign a superstar striker in the summer, having had to rely on an injury-prone Anthony Martial and January loanee Wout Weghorst to lead the attack.
Todd Boehly’s high-spending Chelsea are also expected to enter the race for Osimhen’s signature in the summer.
The Blues have been forced to use Kai Havertz as a false number nine despite splashing the cash on a plethora of January attacking talent.
Osimhen leads the Serie A scoring charts after bagging 16 league goals so far this season
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain are also thought to be interested.
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who has formed a potent partnership with Osimhen, has also attracted suitors for his displays in Serie A and the Champions League.
Reigning Premier League champions Manchester City are believed to be monitioring the Georgian star.
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