Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal transfer boost as ‘Napoli eye Victor Osimhen replacement’ in Premier League raid

NAPOLI are reportedly targetting Crystal Palace striker Jean-Philippe Mateta as they hunt to replace Victor Osimhen.

This will be a massive transfer boost for Premier League sides Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal who have all targeted the Nigerian superstar.

Napoli are targeting a Victor Osimhen replacement for next season


Napoli are targeting a Victor Osimhen replacement for next seasonCredit: Rex
Crystal Palace's Jean-Philippe Mateta is a transfer target for the Italian giants


Crystal Palace’s Jean-Philippe Mateta is a transfer target for the Italian giantsCredit: Getty

The Serie A giants are lined up to sell Osimhen for £112million this summer as they prepare to revamp their squad after a miserable 2023-24 campaign.

The superstar striker is hot property on the transfer market after guiding Napoli to their first league title in over 30 years last season.

And according to L’Equipe, Napoli are targeting Mateta to replace Osimhen in the summer and could contact Palace to make a deal over the summer.

The 26-year-old Frenchman has been on Napoli’s target list for some time as in 2020 they wanted to sign the forward before they picked up Osimhen.


Mateta has impressed for Crystal Palace this term, scoring 13 goals and four assists in 34 league matches.

But Lille frontman Jonathan David is also another name of the Italian side is interested in filling Osimhen’s boots.

Meanwhile, Osimhen has been linked to United and London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.

Long-term suitors Chelsea and United would have to raise money through sales to be able to afford the 25-year-old. 

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Arsenal would also have to think hard about breaking the club transfer record they set when Declan Rice arrived from West Ham for £105m.

The Premier League trio are also likely to face stiff competition from Champions League semi-finalists Paris Saint-Germain.

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The French side regards Osimhen as the best candidate to replace star striker Kylian Mbappe, with the Frenchman all but certain to join Real Madrid on a free transfer this summer.


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