Red hot Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, is on the radar of some of Europe’s biggest clubs with Bayern Munich reportedly ready to spend over €100 million for his services.
He has caught the attention of Real Madrid with his form this season as he leads the line for Napoli.
He scored just 10 goals in his debut season with Napoli, due to a spate of injuries and a bout of Covid-19 after Napoli spent a club record €81.3 million to lure the Nigerian from Lille to Naples.
Now in his second year, the 22-year-old has now scored nine times in just 11 appearances for Napoli, with his latest arriving in last Thursday’s 3-0 demolition of Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.
Now, Spanish newspaper, AS, say Osimhen has been in the minds of Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, with the German club ready to dole out over €100m to land the Nigerian international at the end of the season, possibly as a replacement for the ageing Robert Lewandowski, who is also on the radar of Real Madrid.
AS also reported that although Osimhen isn’t Real Madrid’s top transfer target, he could end up on the top of the list if the Spanish side fails to land its top-three targets, Kylian Mbappé, Erling Håland and Lewandowski.
The newspaper reported that 33-year-old Lewandowski, whose contract expires in 2023, could request a transfer from Bayern Munich next summer as he seeks a new challenge away from the Bundesliga, where he has dominated for 12 seasons first in for Borussia Dortmund and now for Bayern.
With Bayern not likely to see Lewandowski run down his contract, they will sell him and sign Osimhen as a replacement for Lewandowski.
Bayern are willing to offer Napoli over €100m to land the Nigerian who had previously played in the Bundesliga for Wolfsburg, according to the report.
Scouts from Bayern and Real Madrid were at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico on Sunday where Osimhen and Napoli were prevented from setting a record for the best start to a Serie A season as Roma held them to a goalless draw, thus preventing the Blues from wining a ninth straight opening league game.
It was the first time the Naples-based club had failed to score in the league this season after a 100 per cent winning record in their previous eight matches.
After the game, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho, credited his players for stopping the in-form Osimhen.
“The game had a lot of transitions in it – they tried to play really directly through Osimhen and then bring others into play around him,” Mourinho told Roma’s official portal.
“[On Sunday] I liked the organisation, and the way we controlled, in a certain sense, because controlling him is far from easy – Osimhen’s attempts to get into space.”