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How Arsenal could secure Victor Osimhen for less as double player swap revealed

Victor Osimhen
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Napoli are reportedly interested in two Arsenal stars, a move that could potentially lower the hefty £110million price tag on their transfer target Victor Osimhen.

The Gunners are eager to strengthen their attacking line and Nigerian forward Osimhen features high on their list. However, the steep transfer fee could be a stumbling block.

Osimhen is set to depart Napoli this summer following the club's disappointing 10th place finish in Serie A. Despite interest from Paris Saint-Germain and clubs in Saudi Arabia, it seems the Premier League is Osimhen's preferred destination.

According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport, Napoli are keen to receive his full £110m release clause, but no offer close to that figure has been received yet. Arsenal have reportedly shown renewed interest in Osimhen, despite links to RB Leipzig striker Benjamin Sesko.

The north London club may have an opportunity to negotiate down the cost of the 25-year-old. Antonio Conte's Napoli are said to be interested in Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu, which could work in Arsenal's favour.

It might be beneficial for the Gunners to consider parting ways with one or both of these players if it means securing Osimhen's services. Arsenal's versatile defender Tomiyasu, renewed his contract in March, but might find his position at the club less secure due to the return of Jurrien Timber and the presence of Ben White, Oleksandr Zinchenko, and Jakub Kiwior as full-back options.

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The north London club is open to bids for Smith Rowe following Fulham's interest in making him a key signing this summer. With limited starts in the league last season, Smith Rowe could be on his way to Craven Cottage if Fulham meets Arsenal's asking price, believed to be around £25m.

While Mikel Arteta would probably prefer to keep both Smith Rowe and Tomiyasu, the opportunity to sign Osimhen, one of Europe's top strikers, at a bargain could be too good to pass up, especially with Napoli seemingly prepared for his departure.

Napoli's president Aurelio de Laurentiis revealed in January, "We knew (Osimhen would leave Napoli this summer) since last summer.

"That's why the contract negotiations were so drawn out and amicable... but we knew perfectly well that he would go Real Madrid, to PSG or to a English team."