Arsenal have added Napoli 23-year-old Victor Osimhen to their summer shortlist as they prioritise signing a striker.

Napoli's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Bologna on October 28, 2021. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images)
Napoli’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Napoli and Bologna on October 28, 2021. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images)

The Mirror report that Arsenal are pursuing Napoli’s Victor Osimhen as they prioritise a forward signing for the summer.

The bad news is that Napoli would reportedly likely want much of the £60m they signed him for, but it’s somewhat inevitable that centre-forward signings are going to cost you dearly.

Osimhen has had a few setbacks with Napoli this season, picking up a red card in the opening game, followed by a minor calf strain in October, then a cheekbone fracture in November.

All of that has limited him to 17 appearances (13 starts) between Serie A and the Europa League. He has 10 goals in those games, a goal every 115 minutes, as well as winning a couple of penalties.

That double-figure goal tally includes a brace against Leicester City back in September.

The striker also scored against Chelsea in 2019, meaning he has three goals in his only two competitive fixtures against English opposition.

Lille's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the French L1 Football match between Angers SCO and Lille (LOSC), at Raymond-Kopa Stadium, in Angers, northwestern France on Febuary 07, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Victor Osimhen celebrates scoring Lille’s first goal during the French L1 Football match between Angers SCO and Lille (LOSC) on February 07, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Osimhen joins an Arsenal shortlist that also reportedly includes Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin as alternative options.

With Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah on the way out, Arsenal will struggle to hide the fact they desperately need to bring someone in this summer.

So tracking multiple targets is a smart move, as they have options if a club decides to play hardball.

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