Paper Talk: Arsenal hit with enormous fee for Nigeria striker, as Alexander Isak heads elsewhere

Victor Osimhen, Nigeria striker, during AFCON 2019 clash against Tunisia

Arsenal have been hit with a double striker blow amid big developments with Victor Osimhen and Alexander Isak, a Manchester United forward looks destined for Real Sociedad, while Monday’s transfer gossip reveals details of Liverpool’s links to the ‘Norwegian Jack Grealish’.

VICTOR OSIMHEN FEE IS STEEP FOR ARSENAL

Arsenal have their work cut out to land Victor Osimhen this summer with Napoli demanding a huge price.

The Nigerian striker is enjoying an excellent season in Serie A, having 15 goals in 25 appearances for Gli Azzurri. And that sort of form is earning the 23-year-old lots of attention from Premier League suitors. Indeed, Manchester United and Newcastle are both being touted as suitors.

However, it is Arsenal who seemingly lead the chase. As such, reports in Italy have strongly linked them with the former Lille frontman in recent weeks.

The Gunners’ need for a new striker this summer is obvious. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang departing in January, Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah look likely to also move on. And Mikel Arteta has been linked with a number of big-name strikers as a result.

The likes of Alexander Isak and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are two such strikers reportedly in their sights. Lately, Tammy Abraham is also emerging as an option.

Osimhen much admired by Arteta

However, it seems Osimhen appears to be their No 1 target.

Indeed, Mikel Arteta is seemingly convinced the Nigeria striker has all the qualities needed to be a success.

Signing him, however, will not come cheap, as per The Sun. They state Napoli are demanding an eye-watering fee of £83m – a price that Arsenal will struggle to match.

Arsenal targeting Victor Osimhen from Napoli for £50m

Arsenal are targeting Napoli striker Victor Osimhen after Dusan Vhalovic transfer falls through

That’s slightly higher than the £50m being touted for Osimhen in January.

Instead they might look elswhere, with Benfica’s Darwin Nunez also reportedly on their radar.

ALEXANDER ISAK HEADING TO BARCELONA

One man who appears unlikely to join Arsenal is Isak.

The Sweden striker first emerged as a Gunners target last summer, having impressed at Euro 2020.

Standing at 6ft 3in tall, Isak has all the ingredients needed to be a success in the Premier League.

However, Arsenal were forced to cool their interest in him last summer with his team, Real Sociedad, standing by his huge release clause.

Worse for Arsenal is that Sociedad have since moved and raised that exit clause to a mammoth £75m.

Since then, the striker has suffered a bit of a dip in form, anyway.

The 22-year-old has just four goals in LaLiga this season, and seven in total, perhaps justifying Arsenal’s decision not to sign him.

Furthermore, reports now suggest Isak is heading to Barcelona this summer anyway.

Quite what the fee will be remains to be seen, especially given Barcelona’s bleak financial situation.

EDINSON CAVANI TO REPLACE ISAK AT SOCIEDAD

Coming in to replace Isak at Sociedad will be Edinson Cavani, if reports are accurate.

Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani

As per the Daily Mirror, they are targeting a move for the wantaway Manchester United striker.

The veteran Uruguayan becomes a free agent this summer and a move away appears certain. He has barely figured this season anyway, which is a shame given his 17-goal contribution in 2020/21.

Now approaching free-agent status, the 35-year-old looks likely to sign an initial one-year deal with Sociedad.

That will allow him at least one more season at the top level, before a return to his native South America.

Cavani has been linked with the likes of Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, as well as Juventus.

But it seems that Sociedad are in the box seat, with Cavani likely to come in as a stop-gap replacement for Isak.

LIVERPOOL CHASE ANDREAS SCHJELDERUP

Liverpool are being linked with a move to sign Norway teenager Andreas Schjelderup.

Norwegian midfielder Andreas Schjelderup in action for FC Nordsjaelland

The rising 17-year-old star claims he recently turned down the chance to move to Anfield. However, he seems more than open to a future move to the Reds.

The midfielder began his career with Bodo/Glimt and was soon on the radar of a number of top European sides, including Liverpool.

However, he opted instead to sign for Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. And it seems the move has paid off, with Schjelderup enjoying a rapid rise in Denmark.

That has brought him back to Liverpool’s attention.

Now the player has told Goal that he does not regret his choice of career move.

“Of course, it was a bit hard (turning down Liverpool), because when you grow up, you watch the big names and then you hear that they want you, so your head starts to spin,” he said.

“But I got a lot of help from my father and agents, who helped me make the right decision. It hurt a little bit for me and my dad in our hearts (not to join Liverpool), but the move here was instead of going to an academy at under-19 or under-17 level.

“It felt like this step in the ocean was the right one for me. I was in the under-19s team when I got started, but I knew when I was ready that I could take a step up to the first team. But at the club, they said they didn’t expect me to get there this quick! I planned to do it sooner than they thought, and my plan worked.

“Of course, maybe I can go to a big team in the future. In the long run, for me, this was the best step. When I am ready, I will take the next step.”

Schjelderup has already made 36 first-team appearances, earning comparisons with Jack Grealish.