Arsenal given clear run to complete Victor Osimhen transfer but there's a problem

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli
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Arsenal will be hoping to sign a striker in the summer transfer window. The Gunners scored 91 goals in the 2023/24 Premier League season, more than every other team except Manchester City.

They did not struggle for goals, but an out-and-out striker would be high on the list of priorities heading into the 2024/25 campaign. The goals were spread around the team, with Bukayo Saka the top scorer on 16 goals. Kai Havertz bagged 13, while Leandro Trossard notched 12.

The one thing that trio have in common is that they will all be considered forwards - not strikers as such. That is why Mikel Arteta and Edu are being linked with a big-money signing this summer.

Benjamin Sesko is the most heavily linked currently, but there are other names in the frame. Victor Osimhen has long been linked with a move to the Premier League and the Gunners have shown an interest in the Napoli forward.

And it seems Arsenal have something of a clear run to sign the Nigerian frontman this summer, at least as things stand. According to Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio, the Gunners are the only team currently in the frame to sign him.

However, there is a problem, in that Arsenal are "far from the clause" to sign him. Osimhen, who notched 17 goals and four assists in 32 appearances for the Naples outfit last season, has a release clause of £110million to sign him this summer.

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And Napoli are keen to recoup that entire amount if they are to sell. They are expecting the striker to leave this summer, but only if a club stumps up the cash to sign him.

Speaking earlier this year, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis said: "We knew that since last summer[that he would leave this summer]. That's why the contract negotiations were so drawn out and amicable.

"But we knew perfectly well that he would go to Real Madrid, to PSG or to an English team."