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£150m-Rated Osimhen: Napoli president reveals ‘only club’ in the race

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Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has said Paris Saint-Germain are the “only club” that can afford Chelsea and Man Utd target Victor Osimhen.

Both Premier League sides are in the market for a new No. 9, though the former have already confirmed the signing of Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal.

There is one big problem, however: Napoli’s valuation.

Osimhen is not pushing for a transfer, even though we all know he wants to play in England at some point in his career, which means the Serie A outfit can stand firm with their £150million asking price.

PSG are also believed to be keen and could decide to pay a fee in that region if Kylian Mbappe leaves this summer.

And Napoli’s president has provided a boost in PSG’s pursuit while dealing a serious blow to Chelsea and Man Utd.

De Laurentiis says there is only one club in world football that can “afford” the Nigerian, and it is the French champions.

“The only club that could afford Victor Osimhen is Paris Saint-Germain,” he told Mediaset.

“If Nasser Al Khelaifi [PSG president] wants to send in a bid around €200m (£170m)… we wait and we see what happens.

“I personally think that Victor will stay here.”

Man Utd are in dire need of a new striker but entered the summer transfer window with a budget of £100m, half of which has been spent on Mason Mount.

The other half is going on Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana by the look of things, which means Erik ten Hag will need to sell a few first-team players to fund an attacker.

Man Utd have reportedly set a £50m asking price for club captain Harry Maguire, which is hilariously ambitious, while Fred and Scott McTominay could be sold.

If the Red Devils want a game-changing striker, they will need to sell all three – while lowering their valuation of Maguire. Alternatively, Rasmus Hojlund is a solid option.

He is not as proven as Osimhen and Harry Kane, but at the age of 20, he has a ridiculous amount of potential and has shown plenty of proof he knows where the back of the net is.

Atalanta are expected to ask for at least £60m considering Hojlund is under contract in Bergamo until 2027.

If the Onana deal falls through, Man Utd’s remaining funds will probably be spent on the Danish international.

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

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Belgium: Onyedika scores again as Club Brugge thrash Antwerp

Nigeria midfielder Raphael Onyedika was on target for the second consecutive game as Club Brugge defeated Royal Antwerp 3-0 on Sunday.

Onyedika opened the scoring for Club Brugge one minute before the break.

The 22-year-old has now scored three goals in his last two games for the former Belgian Pro League champions.

Onyedika was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

The former FC Midtjylland star will however miss Club Brugge’s next game against Union St Gilloise after picking his third yellow card of the play-offs.

His compatriots, Alhassan Yusuf and Chidera Ejuke were in action for Royal Antwerp in the game.

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

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EPL: Iwobi grabs assist in Fulham’s win at West Ham

Alex Iwobi registered an assist as Fulham defeated West Ham United at the London Stadium.

Iwobi set up Andreas Pereira for the Whites second goal of the game in the 72nd minute.

It was the Nigeria international’s third assist in the Premier League this season.

The midfielder has also scored five goals.

Iwobi was replaced by Harry Wilson in the 74th minute.

His compatriot Calvin Bassey also put up a solid display for Fulham.

Bassey was in action for 90 minutes in the game.

 

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

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Serie A: Osimhen on target but not enough as Napoli slip at Frosinone

Napoli’s slim chances of Champions League football were dealt another blow on Sunday after a 2-2 home draw in their Serie A match with struggling Frosinone.

Walid Cheddira’s first brace in Italy’s top flight earned a point for Frosinone in Naples.

It left ailing Italian champions Napoli in eighth, six points behind fifth-placed Roma, who can extend their advantage when they face Udinese later on Sunday.

Italian clubs’ strong performances in European football mean a top-five finish in Serie A is almost certain to gain a spot in the Champions League.

Napoli are increasingly unlikely to be among that group, and were booed off the pitch at a sparsely-populated Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

Francesco Calzona’s side looked set for sixth place when Victor Osimhen diverted home Khvicha Kvaratskhelia’s mishit shot in the 63rd minute.

Instead Cheddira, who had previously levelled Matteo Politano’s stunning early opener after the away side were gifted possession by Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret, headed home his second 10 minutes after Osimhen’s strike.

Frosinone stay just inside the bottom three and level on 27 points with 17th-placed Verona, who are outside the relegation zone on goal difference and face Atalanta on Monday.

Eusebio Di Francesco’s team deserved the draw from an eventful game in which Meret initially looked to be the hero after he saved Matias Soule’s penalty on the half-hour mark.

Frosinone have only won one league match since late November but successive draws with Genoa, fourth-placed Bologna and now Napoli have boosted their hopes of staying up.

Later Inter Milan host Cagliari at the San Siro, where a win will guarantee an opportunity to seal their 20th league title in the Milan derby on Monday week.

Inter are a whopping 14 points ahead of closest challengers AC Milan, who are at Sassuolo on Sunday.

Beating Cagliari will ensure the derby will be a chance for Inter to claim the Scudetto regardless of how Milan do in their match.

 

 

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