Manchester United and Arsenal suffer a blow in their pursuit of striker Victor Osimhen… as player’s agent Roberto Calenda reveals ‘our will is to carry on at Napoli’ after the Serie A club’s stunning start to the season
- Man United and Arsenal have expressed interest in Napoli’s Victor Osimhen
- However, the player’s agent has revealed that he is at Napoli . wants to stay
- Serie A club has started the season undefeated in Italy
- They top the league and have qualified for the Champions League last-16
Manchester United and Arsenal have been dealt a blow in their hunt for Napoli’s Victor Osimhen after the player’s agent Roberto Calenda revealed the Napoli striker wants to stay with the Serie A club.
Osimhen attracted interest from a number of European clubs over the summer, including United and Arsenal, and a move to the Premier League seemed a possibility at one point.
However, Calenda has insisted that his client always intended to stay in Naples and that he is not considering changing clubs at the moment.
Victor Osimhen wants to stay with Napoli, says player agent Roberto Calenda
“We don’t know now that Osimhen is the subject of so many teams, but things are done in three: who sells, who buys and the player,” he told Radio Kiss Kiss.
“I was immediately clear this summer because I knew there would be a lot of news coming from people with perhaps different interests. But me, the boy and Napoli had very clear ideas.
‘Whoever spoke of a departure made a mistake. It was Victor’s will to stay at Napoli and play with his teammates in the Champions League he won last year.
“Victor wanted exactly that, to have a great year at Napoli, between the league and the Champions League. He has a long contract with the Azzurri. The market is dynamic, but our will is to continue at Napoli and do well.”
Man United have expressed interest in bringing in Osimhen to improve their attacking options
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has also looked to Osimhen to bolster his team’s attack
Osimhen has thrived at Napoli since moving from Lille in 2020, scoring 32 goals in 70 appearances.
He has managed to impress despite a serious shoulder injury and a broken cheekbone in his first two seasons with the club.
The 23-year-old has started the season strong, scoring four goals in eight games, including the winner in a 3-2 win over Bologna on Sunday to keep Napoli at the top of the table.
He also played his part at Napoli by winning all four Champions League matches and qualifying for the knockout stage with two games to go.
His contract with the club runs until June 2025.