In the high-stakes world of European football, Victor Boniface has emerged as a coveted talent, drawing the attention of Italian powerhouses Juventus, Milan, and Napoli.
The 22-year-old Nigerian forward has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen, igniting a bidding war as clubs eye him as a long-term replacement.
With an impressive tally of 16 goals and eight assists in just 23 competitive games, including a remarkable four goals in five Europa League matches, Boniface's impact has been nothing short of extraordinary.
Victor Boniface is tied for the second-most assists among players in the top five major European leagues.
Moreover, he won five consecutive ‘Rookie of the Month’ award in the German Bundesliga after taking the December prize, the most in the league's history.
The 22-year-old previously won the award in August, September, October and November.
Purchased from Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise for €20.5 million in July, Victor Boniface's market value has skyrocketed, now standing at a formidable €40 million.
Italian giants in race for Victor Boniface: The rising star’s meteoric ascent continues
Juventus, led by director Cristiano Giuntoli, is reportedly spearheading efforts to secure his signature next summer at this hefty price tag.
According to reports, the Old Lady is already ahead of the queue as the sporting director is already working on the deal.
Napoli, on the other hand, envisions Victor Boniface as the perfect successor to fellow Nigerian Victor Osimhen, should a club trigger the 2023 African Player of the Year‘s €140 million release clause, with a rumored move to the Premier League for Osimhen in January.
AC Milan has also entered the fray, with Victor Boniface and LOSC striker Jonathan David on their radar to strengthen their attacking lineup for the upcoming season.
As Olivier Giroud approaches retirement age, Milan is strategically planning for the future, and the prospect of Boniface adds a dynamic element to their offensive strategies.
The rising star's journey from Belgium to Germany has been meteoric, and his rumored destination in Serie A promises to be a captivating chapter in the ongoing saga of European football transfers.
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