Newcastle United prepare ‘monster offer’ to see off Arsenal in race for Serie A striker

The Magpies will have to go big if they want to land one of Serie A’s hottest properties.

Newcastle United have once again been linked with a move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as they look to strengthen their attacking options this summer.

The Nigerian international was believed to be one of several strikers on the Magpies wishlist during the January transfer window and has been watched on a number of occasions over the last six months.

Osimhen has forged a fearsome reputation after joining Napoli from French club Lille for a fee of around £67.5million in September 2020.

The 23-year-old frontman has bagged 28 goals in 62 games for I Partenopei and has taken his form onto the international scene by scoring 10 times in 18 caps for Nigeria.

His form has led to links with several clubs including the likes of Bayern Munich, Arsenal and Spanish giants Barcelona.

But a report in Italy’s CalcioMercato has suggested Newcastle are ready to make a move for the frontman and are preparing a ‘monster offer’ for his services.

The report has revealed Napoli are keen to hold on to Osimhen and other key players such as Fabian Ruiz and Kalidou Koulibaly - but it also warns that there is ‘strong interest’ from ‘important clubs’ for their key striker.

Newcastle are named as one of those clubs and have been ‘wooing’ Osimhen for some time, with the striker reportedly keen on testing himself in the Premier League in the near future.

The report goes on to state Arsenal have withdrawn their interest in the striker after they were quoted a significant fee for the frontman, leaving Newcastle and Bayern Munich are the two main interested parties.

However, it also suggests an ‘indispensable offer’ with a ‘large capital gain’ could persuade Napoli to part company with Osimhen and turn their attention to the likes of Chelsea striker Armando Broja or another reported Newcastle target, Sassuolo frontman Ricardo Scamacca.

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