Former Watford scout urges Man Utd to sign Osimhen if Kane slips out of their hands 

Published: June 08, 2023
Former Watford scout urges Man Utd to sign Osimhen if Kane slips out of their hands 

Tor-Kristian Karlsen, a Norwegian football scout and executive writing for ESPN, has described Victor Osimhen's finishing as one of the best and urged Manchester United to get his signature if they miss out on Harry Kane.


The respected talent spotter has worked for the likes of Watford, Bayer Leverkusen, Grasshoppers and Zenit St. Petersburg,  and was previously sporting director at Monaco, Fredrikstad, Maccabi Haifa and IK Start.


Osimhen showed his proficiency in front of goal this season for Napoli in the Serie A by finishing as the league's top scorer with 26 goals which is the fifth best in the top 5 leagues in Europe.


With his performance in front of goal for the Partenopei, he has attracted interest from top clubs in Europe with Manchester United among his suitors. 

Despite Erik ten Hag's success in his first season as the Red Devils boss, his side was plagued with goalscoring deficiency all season which explains why they need a proven goalscorer.

The club has made Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane their first choice but with the hard posture of Spurs' Chairman, Daniel Levy on his star striker, it would be difficult to acquire his services.

​Karlsen believes Osimhen's qualities should make Manchester United pursue a deal for him if they miss out on Kane and have the financial capability to do so.


"If they have over €100m to spend on a new striker and Kane slips out of their hands, the club should be frontrunners to land Osimhen, who was Napoli's top scorer (31 goals in 39 games across all competitions this season) as they lifted the Serie A title," Karlsen said on ESPN.


The Nigeria international may not have Kane's penchant for dropping deep or playmaking (Kane touches the ball about twice as often as Osimhen per 90 minutes), but he guarantees relentless piercing runs between opposing defenders and his finishing is among the best in Europe"

The Super Eagles forward has two years left on his contract and his agent is set to meet Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis this week regarding his future.



Abdulkareem Abdulhamid



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