Fabrizio Romano explains why it wasn't possible for Man Utd to sign Osimhen in the summer windowPublished: September 18, 2023
Fabrizo Romano has shed light on why Manchester United did not go all out to sign Napoli star Victor Osimhen in the recently concluded transfer window.
Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag was in the market for a renowned center forward as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo whose contract was mutually terminated in November 2022 after his explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
Romano has suggested that Manchester United were interested in Osimhen but were priced out of a move, with Napoli valuing the 24-year-old in the region of 150 million euros.
The Italian transfer market guru believes the Old Trafford outfit would have firmed up their interest in Osimhen if the takeover of the club had been completed.
Napoli’s valuation likely played a significant role in Manchester United's decision to focus on former Atalanta hitman Rasmus Højlund, who signed on the dotted line in time for the new campaign for a fee of 75 million euros.
Romano has dismissed suggestions that the Nigeria international rejected a transfer to Manchester United.
Speaking on Monday's Debrief podcast for CaughtOffside, Romano said: "With the takeover they maybe would’ve had the chance to go for superstar players, there were links with players like Harry Kane and Victor Osimhen, but it wasn’t possible with their financial situation.
"This could’ve been an issue, links for that kind of player couldn’t materialise, they had to go with a different strategy.
"I don’t have any news on players rejecting United because of the takeover, it’s something normal in football."
Osimhen's asking price could increase following his nominations for the Ballon d'Or and The Best FIFA Men's Player.
The Napoli number 9 became the first African player to win the Golden Boot award in the Serie A last season after netting 26 goals for the champions.
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