Arsenal have taken concrete steps towards the signing of Victor Osimhen of Napoli, but the player will only join a Champions League club.

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)

La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Tutto Napoli) report that Arsenal have taken several concrete steps through intermediaries towards the signing of Victor Osimhen.

There’s no definitive agreement yet, partly because Osimhen wants to play for a Champions League club. We obviously won’t know whether that label applies to Arsenal for at least a few weeks.

James Benge of CBS Sports recently reported that Napoli want at least €80m (£67.4m) to consider selling Osimhen this summer.

Benge added that Osimhen is among the many strikers Arsenal have been tracking in recent months.

An €80m fee would make the 23-year-old one of the most expensive options on that summer shortlist, if not the most expensive.

But Napoli paid around €80m for Osimhen in the first place, so perhaps it’s no surprise they’re hoping to recoup that kind of fee.

Nantes' Brazilian midfielder Andrei Girotto (L) vies with Lille's Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen (R) during the French L1 Football match between FC Nantes and Lille (LOSC), at La Beaujoire Stadium, Nantes, western France, on March 1, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER / AFP) (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Nantes’ Brazilian midfielder Andrei Girotto (L) vies with Lille’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen (R) during the French L1 Football match between FC Nantes and Lille (LOSC), at La Beaujoire Stadium, Nantes, western France, on March 1, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

Osimhen is having a good season, scoring 16 goals and assisting five in 28 games in all competitions.

A cheekbone fracture absence from late November to mid-January prevented him from significantly adding to those totals.

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