AC Milan, Juventus join race to sign €40 million-rated Super Eagles forward

Super Eagles forward Victor Boniface continues to attract eyeballs from Europe’s elite clubs, with AC Milan and Juventus the latest to show interest in him.

The Bayer Leverkusen striker is currently injured, having suffered a groin injury that ruled him out of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON 2024) in Ivory Coast.

While the 23-year-old is expected to return to full fitness in March, his impressive performances in the Bundesliga before his injury have led to him being linked with several clubs.

Boniface has been involved in 17 goals in the German top-flight this season (10 goals and seven assists), while also scoring four times in five games in the UEFA Europa League.

AC Milan, Juventus chase Victor Boniface’s signature

The Nigeria international has since attracted interest from some big Italian clubs, including Juventus and AC Milan.

Football Italia reports that Leverkusen have set an asking price of €40 million for the striker – almost double the €20.5 million they paid to sign him from Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise last summer.

Olivier Giroud’s age means he’s unlikely to stay at the San Siro beyond the current season and AC Milan sees Boniface as the ideal replacement for the veteran Frenchman.

However, the Rossoneri could face competition from rivals Juventus, who are also monitoring Boniface’s situation with keen interest.

Juventus and AC Milan join race to sign Super Eagles player Victor Boniface
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The report suggests Juventus director Cristiano Giuntoli is a huge admirer of the Leverkusen forward and will make him a priority transfer target in the summer.

Napoli target Boniface as potential Osimhen replacement

The transfer saga involving Boniface also has Napoli in the mix, with the Serie A champions reportedly seeking to sign the striker as a replacement for compatriot Victor Osimhen, should the latter depart in the summer.

Osimhen’s future remains unclear despite extending his contract with Napoli in December, and has been linked with a move to Chelsea and PSG.

Boniface’s prolificacy in front of goal, coupled with his ability to lead the line as a target man, has made him a target for Napoli’s hierarchy.

Victor Boniface rated among top 10 strikers in the world

Meanwhile, the former Bodo/Glimt forward has been ranked among the top 10 strikers in the world currently by SPORTbible.

Boniface finds himself on the prestigious list alongside Osimhen, Robert Lewandowski, Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland.

The Leverkusen player is rated as the seventh-best striker in the world, ahead of Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez, Ronaldo and Lewandowski, who are eighth, ninth and tenth, respectively.

Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son is sixth, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez is fifth and the reigning African Footballer of the Year, Osimhen, is fourth.

The top three strikers are Haaland, Harry Kane and Kylian Mabappe, in that order, as per SPORTbible’s ranking.

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Emmanuel Ayamga

Emmanuel Ayamga is an African sports writer, with bylines on DW, Al Jazeera, World Soccer Magazine and These Football Times.