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Arsenal unwilling to trigger Osimhen’s £110m release clause

Arsenal unwilling to trigger Osimhen’s £110m release clause

Arsenal’s pursuit of Victor Osimhen appears to have hit a roadblock, with reports suggesting the Premier League club is unwilling to trigger the Nigerian striker’s £110 million release clause at Napoli.

According to Italian journalist Luca Modugno, speaking to Calcio Napoli 24, the Gunners are not prepared to meet the astronomical fee required to secure Osimhen’s services.

“Today he has a €130 million clause that no club seems to be getting close to,” Modugno said. “The dynamics change, but not the club’s strategy. The Nigerian forward must fund almost the whole of Napoli’s summer business.”

Osimhen, who has been in scintillating form for Napoli this season, scoring 23 goals in 29 appearances across all competitions, has attracted interest from several top clubs, including Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

However, Modugno suggests that while PSG remains a possibility for Osimhen, Arsenal are unlikely to pursue the 24-year-old at such a high valuation.

“PSG remains a possibility. Arsenal too, but not at certain figures,” he added.

Interestingly, Modugno also mentioned the possibility of Osimhen opting for a lucrative move to Saudi Arabia, describing it as a “life choice” for the Nigerian international.

Should Napoli cash in on Osimhen’s release clause, Modugno believes the Italian club could reinvest the funds in securing the services of Romelu Lukaku, with the Belgian striker’s profile seen as a “guarantee for the manager.”

Bold Sports had earlier reported that the Gunners were planning on offering Japan defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and England’s Emile Smith plus cash for Osimhen.

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