Arsenal transfer news: Where Edu is in Victor Osimhen race following Manchester United claim

Arsenal are considered to be leading the race to sign Napoli centre-forward Victor Osimhen, if recent reports are to be believed.

The Gunners are in the market for at least one striker this summer, football.londonunderstands, and the likes of Alexander Isak, Jonathan David and Darwin Nunez have all been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium. The aforementioned Osimhen has also been mooted as a potential target, with Gazzetta Dello Sport now reporting that the north London outfit have ‘set their sights’ on the talented frontman.

The report also claims that technical director Edu and co are leading the pack at this moment in time. This comes just one week after Corriere dello Sport journalist Antonio Giordano reported that the player would turn down a move to Arsenal if Manchester United came knocking.

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Speaking about Osimhen, via TEAMtalk , Giordano said: “ Arsenal never stopped following him and, surprisingly, Manchester United. In the personal imagination of a 23-year-old player, United are a temptation and if the Red Devils reach certain figures, history teaches us those certain operations must be done.”

Still, the 23-year-old, who is reportedly valued at around £100million by Napoli, has previously admitted that he came close to joining the Gunners during Arsene Wenger’s final years in north London. Speaking to the Independent back in 2020, Osimhen said: “I spoke with Arsene Wenger after the tournament (the 2016 Under-17 World Cup) ended and he wanted me to come to Arsenal

“I had a lot of options. Barcelona; Inter Milan; Atletico Madrid; Juventus and the rest. Arsenal was a good option but it wasn’t the best at the time. I wanted to start playing as soon as I turned 18. I wanted to go to a place where I had time to invest in my game and improve physically.

“Wolfsburg showed me that possibility. Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England… my priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.”