Luciano Spalletti insists Victor Osimhen will not leave Napoli

Napoli head coach Luciano Spalletti insists that forward Victor Osimhen will stay put at the Italian club beyond the summer.

The Nigerian has been linked with Manchester United, although only if the Old Trafford club was to offer €100m and Cristiano Ronaldo on loan with most of his salary paid.

“He wants to play the Champions League with this (Napoli) squad,” Spalletti told DAZN.

“Osimhen gave his response, via his agent, saying he wants to play the Champions League and he wants to play it with this squad.”

As per transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano, Victor Osimhen will not be joining Manchester United from Napoli during this transfer window.

Man United, along with half of Europe’s biggest clubs, are longtime admirers of Super Eagles striker, Osimhen.

But the Red Devils were reportedly preparing a late multi-million euro move for the Nigerian international after facing difficulty in their pursuit of Ajax winger Antony; a transfer they have now completed.

United eventually made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Ajax for Antony and have since signed the tricky Brazilian winger.

Still, reports from the Italian media suggest that Manchester United are not done with their transfer dealings and could still sign Osimhen on transfer deadline day.

But respected transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that Osimhen will not be joining United this summer. The Italian journalist maintained that rumours linking Osimhen to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day are ‘wide of the mark’.

The Red Devils can call on the talents of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, Frenchman Anthony Martial, English forward Marcus Rashford, and Jadon Sancho.


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