Manchester City could cut their losses on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane, but their next target could bring the very same problems they had with the England captain
Manchester City have reportedly expressed an interest in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to various reports in Italy.
Pep Guardiola’s side desperately wanted to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, but after a long, public chase of the England captain, they were eventually priced out of a move.
City tabled two offers of £100million and £125m for the 28-year-old hitman, but both were rebuffed by Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy who was holding out for £150m.
The 22-year-old signed for the Italian giants from French side Lille in 2020 for a reported £63m.
And the classy striker has started his second season at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona in electric fashion, hammering home six goals in six appearances in all competitions.
His incredible brace against Leicester City helped the Partenopei overturn a two-goal deficit to secure a vital 2-2 draw at the Kingpower Stadium.
He is a classic, old-fashioned centre-forward who can score goals with both feet as well as his head.
And with City’s chase for Kane’s signature ending in disappointment, they could be set to turn their attention to Osimhen, according to Gazetto Dello Sport.
Guardiola currently does not have a recognised No.9 striker within his ranks and has even begun using Gabriel Jesus as a winger rather than a central forward.
Sergio Aguero’s exit to the Etihad Stadium appears to have left City short up front, and they will almost certainly look to bolster this are by next season at the latest.
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Unfortunately for the Citizens, the striker’s contractual situation is very similar to that of Kane.
Unlike Kane, Osimhen has not stated any intention of looking for a move away from the Italian side.
But similarly to the England star this summer, he will have three years left on his contract next season.
He also does not appear to have any kind of buy-out clause within his contract, meaning should Napoli decide to sell him, they will hold all the cards.
They will be in a position to command any kind of transfer fee they desire.
Moreover, Osimhen’s stock and value is rising just like his goal count for the season.
“At Napoli, the accounts come back, the last market orchestrated by Giuntoli brought Anguissa and 10 million in assets,” said Area Napoli.
“The midfielder cost only half a million euros on loan, with the wages also paid in part by Fulham. Lowered the cost of labour, minus 15 million compared to last season.
So far, his goals have helped fire Napoli to the top of the Serie A table, where they currently lead AC Milan and Inter Milan by two points.
They are the only team in the division to have maintained a 100% winning record.
City could have another difficult negotiation on their hands, if they do decide to try and sign the promising striker.