Newcastle ‘lead Man United, Madrid in Osimhen race’

Newcastle United are reportedly at the head of the queue to sign Napoli forward Victor Osimhen during this summer’s transfer window.

The Nigeria international has been in impressive form for his Italian club since arriving from Lille in September 2020, scoring 21 times and registering seven assists in 51 appearances in all competitions.

Osimhen has a contract in Naples until June 2025, but there has been a host of speculation surrounding his future in recent weeks, with Arsenal said to be keen on his signature.

However, according to Italian radio presenter Luca Cerchione, there are currently three clubs in the race, with Newcastle battling Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Cerchione claims that Newcastle are at the head of the queue, but the Magpies would have to avoid relegation from the Premier League in order to stand a chance of signing him in the upcoming market.

The 23-year-old has been in strong form during the 2021-22 campaign, scoring 11 times and registering four assists in 21 appearances in all competitions.

Following their lucrative takeover, Eddie Howe’s side are expected to be busy this summer, but the club are still locked in a fierce battle against relegation to the Championship.


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