Manchester United have been given a major lift in their pursuit of a Serie A striker after a journalist confirmed an ‘exit pass’ is in place for him.
The Red Devils are in dire need of a new centre-forward following Cristiano Ronaldo’s bombshell interview. He has blasted several big figures involved with Man Utd and they are now trying to terminate his contract.
Ten Hag can rely on Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford, who can both operate in the centre of attack. However, Rashford has admitted left wing is his best position, while Martial isn’t showing the best attitude.
According to various reports, Martial has clashed with 18-year-old Dan Gore in Man Utd training. The Frenchman ‘lashed out’ at Gore after a late challenge from the young midfielder.
While the players made up and apologised, the incident will be worrying for Ten Hag. It shows Martial can quickly lose his temper, which opposition defenders may be able to capitalise on.
Man Utd chiefs are working in the background to try and solve the striker problem. They originally set their sights on in-form Bayern Munich man Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, but the Germans want to keep hold of him.
Instead, Man Utd are plotting a move for Napoli and Nigeria ace Victor Osimhen.
He is in brilliant form, having bagged 10 goals in 14 matches so far this season. That includes a hat-trick during Napoli’s recent 4-0 rout over Sassuolo.
Big update on Man Utd striker hunt
Osimhen will not have the chance to shine on the biggest stage of all as Nigeria didn’t qualify for the World Cup. This means the 23-year-old will rest up during the next month or so.
Sport Witness have now provided an update on Man Utd’s pursuit of Osimhen, while citing French journalist Ignazio Genuardi.
The reporter has given Man Utd a major boost by stating Osimhen has an ‘exit pass’ at Napoli.
The Italian giants would love to keep him for the long run, but they know he is picking up interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
As such, they will allow Osimhen to leave the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium if a suitable bid comes in. There is an agreement in place between the player and his club on this issue.
However, Man Utd will definitely have to spend big to get Napoli to sign off on Osimhen’s exit.
Due to his fantastic form, they have put his valuation at between €100million and €120m. That works out at £86.7-£104m.
Signing Osimhen for closer to £100m would see Man Utd break their transfer record. That is currently the £89m they spent to re-sign Paul Pogba from Juventus in August 2016.
Clearly, this is a colossal potential transfer which would heap pressure on Osimhen. Having said that, it seems he might just be worth it.
The attacker has spearheaded Napoli’s fantastic start to the campaign, either side of a bicep injury. He has been their main source of goals, helping them to top the Serie A table, as well as their Champions League group.
And at 23, Osimhen has plenty of time to get even better. Replacing Ronaldo with the Nigerian would be another signal that it is a new era for Man Utd under Ten Hag.