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Replacement for Osimhen? Napoli sign nine-goal Argentina striker

Replacement for Osimhen? Napoli sign nine-goal Argentina striker

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Osimhen looks set to leave Napoli this summer, but Napoli seem to have a contingency plan

Italian Serie A champions Napoli may lose superstar Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, but they have completed a permanent deal for Argentina striker Giovanni Simeone, Soccernet reports.

Osimhen was the best striker in Italy last season. He scored 26 goals in the Serie A to become the first African player to win the Capocannoniere. His brilliance also earned Napoli their first Scudetto in 33 years.

Osimhen’s brilliance has attracted serious interest from clubs abroad, as PSG, Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea have all been linked with a potential transfer.

Napoli would demand at least €150million from potential suitors for the deal to happen. But that could be a difficult ask.

Nonetheless, there is still a risk of losing Osimhen, and Napoli would have to make plans to ensure that his departure is not felt.

The club have officially signed Simeone from Hellas Verona for €12million. The Argentine forward spent last season on loan at Napoli, and he registered nine goals and one assist in 33 appearances.

He played second fiddle to Osimhen for most of last season. But with the 24-year-old’s likely exit, he may become the main man for the Partenopeans.

Kelvin Omachonu

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