Victor Osimhen news: Only Haaland & Mbappe ahead of Super Eagles marksman

Victor Osimhen, Nigeria's burgeoning football sensation, recently grabbed headlines with a sensational strike against Barcelona in the Champions League.

The Super Eagles strikers' electrifying equaliser at the Maradona Stadium not only salvaged a crucial draw for Napoli but also reaffirmed his status as a beloved figure among the Neapolitan faithful.

The significance of Osimhen's goal extends far beyond the scoreline.

It firmly establishes him among Europe's elite Champions League scorers on home turf with six goals, trailing only behind Kylian Mbappé, who has nine at the Parc des Princes, and Erling Haaland with 12 at the Etihad Stadium, arguably the two most coveted strikers in world football.

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Such esteemed company underscores Osimhen's rapid ascent and the legendary status he's cultivating in Naples, particularly after guiding the club to its first Serie A title in decades last season.

Victor Osimhen rewriting Napoli record books

Furthermore, Osimhen's latest achievement brings him closer to the summit of Napoli's all-time Champions League scoring charts, drawing level with club stalwart Lorenzo Insigne and trailing closely behind the legendary Dries Mertens, who is tops with 11 goals.

His exceptional performances have inevitably attracted attention from Europe's top clubs, sparking speculation of a potential summer transfer saga.

Despite committing to Napoli with a lucrative €130 million buyout clause last summer, rumours persist about Osimhen's future.

With Mbappé's anticipated move to Real Madrid looming large, a ripple effect could see elite strikers across Europe seeking new destinations.

Victor Osimhen transfer to Premier League imminent?

Reports from Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport suggest that the Premier League could be Osimhen's next destination, with Chelsea and Arsenal reportedly monitoring his situation closely.

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Renowned journalist Vincenzo D'Angelo boldly asserts, “Many regard him (Victor Osimhen) as the best striker in the world after Haaland, whom he could potentially rival next season.”

Nevertheless, Victor Osimhen has remained tight-lipped about his future. While he hinted at being aware of his next career move before the Africa Cup of Nations, his silence post-tournament has left fans speculating.

Despite his current season's goal tally of nine in 19 matches falling short of last year's heroics, Osimhen's unwavering commitment and tireless work ethic with the Super Eagles have earned him widespread acclaim.

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The burning question remains: Can Napoli, despite their financial resources, retain their prized asset amid mounting interest from Europe's elite clubs? For a lot, the answer is ‘no'.

The allure of competing at the highest level alongside the likes of Haaland may prove irresistible for Osimhen.

As the footballing world eagerly awaits his next move, one thing is certain – Victor Osimhen's journey is just beginning, and the global spotlight shines brightly upon him

Victor Osimhen news: Only Haaland & Mbappe ahead of Super Eagles marksman
Andrew Randa

Andrew Randa is a seasoned Africa sports journalist, and a former Media Officer for Nigeria's U-20 national team. He is widely acknowledged as an authority on the NPFL and African football, Randa is esteemed for his expertise in football content creation. Furthermore, he holds the distinction of being Nigeria's foremost sports kit designer and a trailblazer in the realm of sports graphics in Nigeria.