Manchester United are reportedly willing to include Anthony Martial in the deal to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who has emerged as a summer target.
According to Area Napoli, Manchester United are stepping up in their efforts to sign Victor Osimhen. The Red Devils are exploring the idea of including Anthony Martial as part of the deal, hoping to get a discount on Napoli’s huge asking price.
Manchester United are likely to intensify their efforts to sign necessary players in the next transfer window. Incoming manager Erik ten Hag is expected to draw up a potential list of targets for the summer and will be hoping for the board’s total support.
The Red Devils are in the market to strengthen key areas of their squad, mainly due to the underwhelming performances of the current crop of players. Several players are likely to leave Manchester United, prompting them to seek reinforcements.
Manchester United are keen on signing at least one central defender, midfielder and a top-class striker. With ten Hag reportedly hoping for Cristiano Ronaldo to stay put for another season, the new centre-forward may be brought in to complement the Portuguese international before gradually replace the superstar.
Manchester United are linked with several star names, although it seems Victor Osimhen could be a priority target. The Napoli striker is on the wishlist of several other clubs, including Arsenal. The Serie A giants may not be desperate to sell their star man. But if their asking price is met, the Nigerian international could depart.
Napoli want over €100 million for the 23-year-old striker, as their president Aurelio de Laurentiis is referencing Chelsea’s outlay on Romelu Lukaku last summer. The Serie A outfit will seek a good profit over their initial investment for the star striker.
The Red Devils are capable of paying such high fees, but they are exploring alternative ideas to reduce the price. One of those is to include wantaway star Anthony Martial as part of the deal plus cash. The Frenchman is reportedly valued at €30 million and does not have a future at Manchester United.
Martial departed from Old Trafford to join Sevilla on loan in the January transfer window. After a promising start to his time in Spain, the Frenchman has endured a torrid period and has not scored yet in La Liga. The Andalusian outfit are unwilling to sign him permanently, leaving the forward to search for a new challenge.
While the reports of Manchester United including Martial for Osimhen emerged, there have been no indications from the Frenchman about his willingness to move to Napoli. The Serie A outfit could be a destination to save his fledgling career, although he might likely wait for better clubs to come into the equation.
Osimhen may be open to a challenge in the Premier League, and Manchester United may be the only club that can afford his high asking price.