Woodgate says Arsenal target Osimhen is destined for the Premier League
Jonathan Woodgate has told BBC Sport that Arsenal summer target Victor Osimhen looks destined for the Premier League following his display against Liverpool in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Napoli ensured that it was another miserable occasion for the Reds this season. The Serie A side ran out 4-1 winners at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, with most of the damage done during the first-half.
It was a bittersweet evening for Osimhen. He actually came off with injury after just 41 minutes. And he had already had a penalty saved. But, by then, Napoli were already well on their way to a comfortable victory.
The Nigerian was electric while he was on the pitch. And he gave the Reds backline a torrid time before he had to be replaced.
His performance will have caught the eye of several sides. Reports in June claimed that Arsenal had made a £51 million bid for the 23-year-old. Meanwhile, there has also been interest from Newcastle in recent times.
Both clubs ultimately signed a marquee striker this past summer. But you would imagine that Osimhen’s display did not go unnoticed.
And it was just as he was done running Liverpool ragged that Woodgate tipped Osimhen for a future move to England.
“The two centre-halves will be absolutely delighted to see the back of Osimhen because he’s been so difficult to play against it. He’s destined for the Premier League,” he told BBC Sport (7/9; 20:42).
Osimhen destined for the Premier League
Napoli have done extremely well when it comes to keeping many of their best players in recent years. So it is not going to be easy for any side to tempt them into selling Osimhen.
The fee they will want obviously makes the Premier League his most likely destination. And it will be interesting to see if an Arsenal or Newcastle do make a future move.
The respective arrivals of Gabriel Jesus and Alexander Isak have been big statements of intent. But both clubs will have their sights set on progressing much further.
And with that, signing another world-class striker may be something they consider further down the line.
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