Erik ten Hag’s team is expected to sign a new striker during the January transfer window after announcing Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure by mutual consent. Osimhen has been connected with the club on numerous occasions, and Plettenberg claims that United’s management values him.
With his physicality and finishing skills, the leadership believes he is ready for the Premier League, but they are not prepared to match the insane demands of the Serie A team. According to the journalist, luring the striker away from Napoli in January might cost over €100 million (£86 million).
Osimhen has been in excellent form for Napoli this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting three times in 14 games. The Nigerian is a key member of their starting lineup, and United will have to pay a premium to persuade the Serie A club to allow him to leave.
It’ll be fascinating to see if the board has any plans to do so. At the age of 23, Osimhen is just starting his prime. He is a true number nine with a physical presence and an aerial danger in the box. He provides a unique alternative to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
United is capable of paying huge fees for world-class talents in the transfer market but the ongoing talk of a takeover could have an effect on the activity this winter. There could be limited spending in the January transfer window with the Glazers preparing to end their association with the club.
In addition to Osimhen, United has been connected with a loan bid for Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic. Earlier in the summer, they were also interested in United States international. If the club’s owners do not want to invest huge money at this point in the season, the versatile forward could be a viable option.