Manchester United are preparing a €140 million offer for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen before the end of the summer transfer window.
According to Il Mattinoa renowned outlet in Naples, Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes has told the Serie A giants they can expect a huge offer for the Nigerian international.
Mendes has been working on a transfer for Ronaldo, who wants to play in the Champions League this season.
Il Mattino claims Manchester United are even willing to fund much of Ronaldo’s wages as part of a deal that would allow them to replace the Portuguese star with Osimhen.
The Serie A side are looking to sell the Nigerian to facilitate Ronaldo’s arrival from Old Trafford, with a deal expected to reach up to €140 million, expected to be discussed between the two clubs in the coming days.
After narrowly beating Southampton on Saturday, many fans believe United are missing a prolific goal-hungry striker and that Osimhen could be the perfect candidate to end United’s goalscoring woes.
Napoli are reportedly keen to bring Ronaldo back to Serie A, as the veteran striker wants to leave Old Trafford to secure Champions League football. He has already offered himself to various sides in Europe, including Milan and Inter.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is an admirer of Ronaldo and is willing to cash in on €140 million for Osimhen.
Osimhen was once a target of Arsenal and Tottenham, but Newcastle alone may be willing to splash more than £100m on the star.
If Osimhen’s deal goes through, Ronaldo’s bogus £360,000-a-week wage won’t be a problem for Napoli, as Laurentiis plans to use Italy’s tax laws to bolster his pursuit.
The law provides for tax cuts for Italian clubs who buy foreign players from abroad, meaning Napoli could save 50 percent on Ronaldo’s wages.
Meanwhile, Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti revealed that there is “nothing concrete” between Napoli, Manchester United and Cristiano Ronaldo at the moment, but explained that it “wouldn’t be a trade with Victor Osimhen” if it happened.
Speaking at a press conference, Spalletti said: “If you ask me if I want to work with Ronaldo, I tell you that no coach would say no to that. However, when we go into those areas, the journalists are happy to fill it in for themselves, and as Osimhen’s agent said, there are no negotiations.
“De Laurentiis, he told me he didn’t get an offer, so let’s be as realistic as possible here and only consider things that could happen.
“There are only a few days left in the transfer window, it seems unlikely that could go through. At the moment there is nothing concrete.
“In that case it would not be an exchange, but two different signings. One of the two can run a game itself. But at the moment, at least we don’t have to think about things that won’t help us get three points in Florence.”
Osimhen got off to a great start to the 2022/23 season, scoring in both opening games of Serie A and Napoli beating Hellas Verona and Monza by a 9-2 aggregate score.
The 23-year-old attacker, who was taken from Lille in 2020 for a club record deal worth €70 million, has been lucky in southern Italy.
A move to Napoli could be the answer to Ronaldo’s dream of playing in the Champions League this season.