Arsenal are reportedly interested in signing Lille striker Victor Osimhen but face plenty of competition from Tottenham – but The Gunners will surely be doing their all to land the Nigerian, if Kanu’s comments on the forward are anything to go by.
French outlet Le Quotidien du Foot have suggested that Arsenal are rivalling Tottenham and Manchester United for 21-year-old Osimhen this summer, with the report claiming that interested parties would have to spend £89million to sign the striker.
A Nigeria international, Osimhen joined Wolfsburg in January 2017 but failed to score in 16 appearances. He went on loan to Belgian side Charleroi and netted 20 goals in 36 games – earning a move to Lille last summer.
Again, the speed machine has gone up another level. Indeed, Osimhen has scored 18 goals in 38 games in all competitions – as well as creating six assists. It has attracted interest from the best clubs in the Premier League.
Although he openly admits to rejecting Arsenal in 2017, Osimhen could now be on his way to north London with game time much more likely – and if The Gunners are to listen to icon Kanu, then they will lure him to The Emirates as soon as possible.
“The hat-trick boy, Osimhen also showed good promise. I believe the future remains bright for Nigerian football,” Kanu told AOIFootball said in March 2019, after Osimhen had netted a hat-trick in a 4-0 win over Libya.
If Arsenal are to bring in a striker this summer with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s future in doubt given the skipper’s contract ends in 2021, Osimhen would be an excellent addition to the squad given his age, potential and proven quality.
Not only that, but Kanu’s appraisal is surely all the more reason to lure Osimhen to north London.