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Victor Osimhen is expecting Arsenal transfer bid as striker's future hangs in the balance

Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli celebrates scoring
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Victor Osimhen, the 25-year-old Nigerian striker who led Napoli to Serie A glory last season, is reportedly expecting an approach from Arsenal in the summer transfer window. The prolific forward first hinted at a potential move back in January, stating he had 'made a decision on his next step'.

According to Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Osimhen believes the Gunners will express interest due to their need for a new striker, although no official interest has been registered yet. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is expected to demand the €130million (£110.7m) release clause in Osimhen's contract be met by any interested clubs.

Chelsea are another club to be linked, but despite recent discussions about a possible swap deal involving Romelu Lukaku, those negotiations have fallen through. While anticipating an offer from Arsenal, Osimhen is also open to proposals from Saudi Arabia, should any ambitious clubs from the Saudi Pro League attempt to secure his services.

football.london understands Red Bull Leipzig's 21-year-old forward Benjamin Sesko is high on Arsenal's wishlist for the upcoming summer transfer window, with the Slovenian international reportedly keen on a move to the Emirates.

Mikel Arteta is on the hunt for a youthful striker to grow alongside Kai Havertz, who ended the season on a high note as Arsenal's leading man up front. Havertz, for his part, has expressed his ambition to continue as a forward.

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This week Havertz declared: "I clearly see myself as a number 9 in the national team and that's what I am now at Arsenal. But I don't mean the classic nine. Where else are they available? Even Erling Haaland or Harry Kane, who you immediately think of, don't just stand in the box and wait for the finish.

"The players who are waiting there no longer exist in modern football. I am someone who enjoys letting go and making deep runs. But it is also clear to me that I will be measured by goals."