Manchester United reportedly want Victor Osimhen to replace Cristiano Ronaldo

Napoli star Victor Osimhen has emerged as Manchester United’s top target to replace Cristiano Ronaldo according to a new report.

According to Football Italia, Manchester United have approached Nigeria’s Osimhen but Napoli are demanding at least €100 million for the Super Eagles striker who has scored 11 goals in 22 appearances across all competitions this season.

 

The Red Devils are said to be weighing up a move for a new first-choice striker to replace Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford upon the expiry of his contract in the summer.

 

Cavani will be a free agent in the summer as things stand and is not expected to sign a new deal between now and the end of the season.

Also there are pending questions over the immediate future of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is said to be open to the idea of leaving United if they miss out on a top-four finish in the Premier League at the end of the season.

 

The 37-year-old looked frustrated after United’s home draw with Watford on Saturday and reportedly has doubts over the ability of manager Ralf Rangnick as he looks to secure Champions League qualification ahead of next season.

Other high-profile names have been linked with the Red Devils including the likes of England skipper Harry Kane and Borussia Dortmund talisman Erling Haaland.

Osimhen was initially named in the Nigeria squad for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations after scoring five times in six matches to help the Super Eagles book their place at the tournament.

However, he failed to play a single minute at the tournament after suffering a cheekbone injury prior to his side’s first match.

Osimhen, had in the past spoken of his admiration for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner before his move to Juventus back in 2018.

“Playing against the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo is something one can eagerly await, so I’m looking forward to facing him soon,” he told CAF Online.