Victor Osimhen makes admission on Napoli future amid talk of £85m Manchester United transfer

Victor Osimhen has spoken about his future at Napoli, as reports continue to link Manchester United with a big-money bid for him.

Osimhen has developed into a deadly striker since joining Napoli from Lille in September 2020. During his debut season in Italy, he hit 10 goals in 30 appearances.

Osimhen improved on that record last term, notching 18 strikes in just 32 games. His impressive form helped Napoli finish third in Serie A and get out of their Europa League group.

The Nigeria international is showing he can mix it with Europe’s biggest teams and will probably move to one of those clubs in the next few years.

At 23 years old, he can spend a couple more seasons shining at Napoli before moving to the Premier League or German Bundesliga as he heads towards his prime.

Manchester United are known to need a striker – to succeed from Cristiano Ronaldo in attack – and they have repeatedly been linked with Osimhen.

According to reports in Italy earlier this month, the Red Devils are preparing to launch an opening offer for the goalscorer.

Napoli value him at an eye-watering £85million, though United’s first bid will likely fall below this.

Victor Osimhen has ‘great respect’ for club

The Italian outfit can demand such a high fee because of Osimhen’s contract. It lasts until 2025, meaning they don’t have to sell anytime soon.

And despite interest from United and Bayern Munich, Osimhen appears keen to remain at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

During a recent interview with Corriere dello Sport (via Metro), he said: “I’m in Napoli. And I have great respect for my club.

“They are just rumours of the market. I’m fine here and I’ve never had such close relationships with everyone as at this moment.

“I spoke to the president, he is the one who decides, and he reassured me by explaining the club’s plans.

“I’m happy with what he told me and the purchases are of quality: words were followed by deeds. I am very happy to play with Napoli and we will see in the future.”

Osimhen will probably want to win some silverware with Napoli before opting to move on. They haven’t won a trophy since lifting the Coppa Italia in 2019-20, shortly before Osimhen’s arrival.

United’s interest in the 23-cap international makes sense due to his top goalscoring record. However, there might be cheaper options out there.

One is Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko, even though the Austrian side have jokingly put his price tag at an astronomical sum.

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