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Chelsea and Arsenal transfer target Victor Osimhen 'lost respect' for coach amid Napoli exit

Victor Osimhen
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Victor Osimhen has openly expressed his disappointment with former Nigeria manager Finidi George, amidst rumours linking him to the Premier League.

The sought-after striker, linked with both Chelsea and Arsenal, has been at the centre of controversy for allegedly avoiding international duty due to minor injuries. Nigeria are struggling to secure a place in the 2026 World Cup, and George was appointed to improve their results but departed the role just two months later.

George is said to have grown frustrated with Osimhen after the Napoli star missed certain fixtures with knocks. Breaking his silence on the matter, Osimhen declared his dedication to the Nigerian squad and revealed his feelings towards George during an Instagram live.

"I won't let anyone believe anything about me. I don't just address anything - everybody knows when I play for Nigeria, I play my heart out," he said.

"I just let everything go, but I won't disrespect anybody. I knew things like these would happen, and that's why I have the videos and screenshots of when I called Finidi while I was with the doctor in Germany.

"I've lost respect for that man because before I disrespect anybody, I always respect them.''

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With an impressive tally of 48 goals over the past two seasons at Napoli, Osimhen's potential move to the English top-flight continues to make headlines, as Chelsea and Arsenal are both rumoured to be keen on securing his services. Chelsea want competition for Nicolas Jackson in attack, while Arsenal's plans to bolster their frontline took a hit after target Benjamin Sesko decided to stick with RB Leipzig.

With Napoli slapping a hefty £100million asking price on Osimhen, no Premier League teams seem inclined to match such figures at present. Yet, reports from Italy suggest some Saudi clubs might be willing to meet Napoli's valuation.

Calcio Napoli reports that Osimhen remains 'confident' a Premier League side will splash out the £100m required later in the window. Napoli's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, earlier broadcasted his expectation for an imminent departure of the striker, saying: "We've known all this since last summer, which is also why negotiations for the extension of his contract, although friendly, took so long.

"We know he's either going to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or an English club. We've known all this since last summer, which is also why negotiations for the extension of his contract, although friendly, took so long.

"We know he's either going to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or an English club."