Newcastle United battle Manchester United for Victor Osimhen

Newcastle United are ready to rival Manchester United in the pursuit of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen next summer.

According to a report by Fichajes, Newcastle United are chasing the signing of Victor Osimhen and will push for a move in the summer. Manchester United are also eyeing his service and will be engaged in a stiff transfer battle.

Newcastle United have maintained their brilliant start to the season and have lifted themselves up to the third position following their brilliant win over Chelsea on Saturday.

Eddie Howe has already accumulated a squad capable of getting themselves to that pinnacle. But the Newcastle United manager feels he still needs some quality reinforcements to bridge the gap with the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.

The Magpies brought in Alexander Isak from Real Sociedad to lead their line. But the 23-year-old has not hit the prime yet and is currently on the sidelines with an injury. Osimhen has been at the top of his game and has led Napoli’s Serie A title charge this campaign with nine goals and three assists.

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Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has already insisted he is ready to sell the player but only if his demands are met. The Serie A giants will only be answering calls to the party who will be ready to meet their €100 million plus a valuation of the player.

Newcastle United definitely have the financial power to match the Premier League bigwigs following their recent takeover. And their current owners are aware of the fact they have to inject substantial money to remain relevant for the next few years.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have shaped up a number of attacking targets for next summer and Osimhen tops the list. Erik ten Hag wants to have a different profile for his number nine position, and the young Nigerian striker would be a perfect addition to his already envious attacking lineup.

Cristiano Ronaldo could be shown the door in January, but Manchester United might have to wait till summer to trigger a bidding war among the suitors. The Red Devils have been on a bumpy run but have done well in the Premier League and are on the verge of breaching into the top four. It will be interesting to see if they can beat Newcastle United in the €100 million race to sign Osimhen.

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