Arsenal may have to pay even more than they thought to sign Victor Osimhen this summer, with reports that Napoli want as much as €100m.

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 report that Victor Osimhen’s valuation starts at €100m this summer. Napoli consider him transferable, but only if that kind of fee is paid.

The same outlet suggest Arsenal are leading the race, though they need to first find out whether or not they’ll be playing Champions League football next season.

Gazzetta recently reported that Arsenal had taken several concrete steps through intermediaries towards the signing of Osimhen. But the fee could prove problematic.

James Benge of CBS Sports recently wrote that Napoli want at least €80m (£67.4m) to consider selling Osimhen this summer. It seems the Italian media believe the figure is even higher.

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

Even at €80m, the 23-year-old would be one of the most expensive options on that summer shortlist, if not the most expensive. At €100m, it’s hard to think of anyone else who comes close.

VENICE, ITALY: Victor Osimhen of Napoli celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal during the Serie A match between Venezia FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on February 06, 2022. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana / Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY: Victor Osimhen of Napoli celebrates after scoring his team’s opening goal during the Serie A match between Venezia FC and SSC Napoli at Stadio Pier Luigi Penzo on February 06, 2022. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana / Getty Images)

Admittedly, 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 or more.

Osimhen is having a good season, scoring 17 goals and assisting six in 29 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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