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Exclusive: Victor Osimhen to Man Utd transfer hopes hinge on two factors with Harry Kane prospects fading fast

Victor Osimhen player of Napoli, during the match of the Italian SerieA league between Napoli vs Juventus, final result 2-1, match played at the Diego Armando Maradona stadium. Naples

Ben Jacobs has confirmed to TEAMtalk that Manchester United are serious about trying to sign Victor Osimhen this summer – but has revealed two major hurdles that make his move to Old Trafford extremely difficult to pull off.

United are making rapid strides under Erik ten Hag and are only five points off the top of the table following a brilliant run. Indeed, some suggest they could emerge as title contenders if their good run continues. However, Manchester City are the team to beat, especially since they have gone top of the table.

However, one observer has explained why an Arsenal collapse will see United finish higher in the table than them this season.

Wherever they finish, it is fair to say Ten Hag has exceeded expectations this season. As it stands, though, the club do look extremely well placed to bring Champions League football back to Old Trafford next season.

And with United likely to have an increased transfer kitty at their disposal, thoughts are turning to their summer transfer business.

To that end, Ten Hag will likely target quality over quantity when it comes to his next recruits.

Indeed, his main objective will likely be the addition of a new, big-name striker to replace Cristiano Ronaldo. And while the club brought in Wout Weghorst as a temporary gap-filler, the Dutchman’s stay is unlikely to be extended beyond the summer.

As a result, the club are keen to bring in a new big-name frontman this summer. To that end, the likes of Harry Kane, Victor Osimhen and Dusan Vlahovic are all reportedly on their shopping list.

Deals for all three players look difficult to pull off, though to maximise their chances, Ten Hag reportedly plans to sell three unwanted stars to raise funds.

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Manchester United told why Victor Osimhen transfer is tricky

Of the three strikers they are chasing, Jacobs has confirmed to TEAMtalk that Osimhen is among those on their list.

Recently described as a “brilliant madman”, the Nigerian has an excellent record in front of goal Indeed, having scored 46 goals in 84 games for Napoli, it is easy to see why he’s now regarded as one of the world’s premier strikers.

As per Jacobs, he is one such name on United’s summer wishlist.

However, he’s revealed there are two factors that make any such move difficult for United – with the player more than happy with Gli Azzurri.

“We do know that Manchester United like Victor Osimhen, but Napoli are flying in Serie A,” Jacobs told TEAMtalk. “He’s got 17 goals in 18 games so far. On top of that, they are potentially serious contenders in the Champions League.

“I understand that Osimhen is quite happy there, which means it isn’t just about agreeing a fee. It’s also about convincing the player to leave and Napoli really don’t want to let him go anytime soon.

“Manchester United, though, will always have that ability to sign any player in the world. It was the same with Chelsea recently and Enzo Fernandez. Benfica did not want to sell. But ultimately, Chelsea kept trying to dictate the situation. They got their man….

“But getting Osimhen for Manchester United or any other club is not going to be easy. And it’s not necessarily going to be at market value, which is why, if the Glazers are still in charge, I don’t see them dropping that kind of money.

“If they get new ownership, we’ll have to consider that (transfer as a possibility though).”

Harry Kane hopes fading for Man Utd

United are also reportedly keen on Kane, with his Tottenham deal due to expire in June 2024.

However, Kane’s first priority remains on extending his stay at Spurs. And while the departure of Antonio Conte could change things for Kane, the prospective return of Mauricio Pochettino to the dug-out will surely seal the deal.

As a result of that, together with the difficulty in negotiating with Daniel Levy, United know any move for Kane will likely prove trickiest of all.

Jacobs said of United’s interest: “And then Manchester United have also been linked with Harry Kane, but it’s too premature. As I’ve reported all the way back since October, Kane’s priority is to extend at Spurs and if the project moves in the right direction, he’ll do that.

“Also, it’s not easy for a Premier League rival to negotiate with Daniel Levy either. Therefore, it’s premature to start talking about Kane and anybody (such as United) as well.

“But Manchester United do want a marquee forward, and probably more of a traditional one. And that is why the links have been made with Victor Osimhen.”

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