Tottenham consider Victor Osimhen as a transfer alternative to Gabriel Jesus
According to Football.London (h/t The Express), Tottenham Hotspur are considering Napoli forward Victor Osimhen as an alternative to Gabriel Jesus, should they lose the race to sign the Manchester City striker.
Osimhen has been on Spurs’ radar since the Nigeria international’s time at Lille and having supplied 18 goals and 6 assists at Napoli last season, his stock seems to be quite high right now.
The fee that Napoli will expect for the striker is likely to be in the realms of ‘astronomical’, given that they shelled out a club-record £73million to sign him in 2020.
Spurs have been offered the chance to sign Gabriel Jesus from Man City, but rivals Arsenal are also in the mix for the Brazilian. Despite an imminent bidding war, it remains to be seen which option proves to be more financially beneficial for the Lilywhites.
Should Spurs go all in for Osimhen?
Gabriel Jesus is not going to come cheap for any club, but signing him makes more sense for Tottenham than risking the same money on an incredibly talented player with no experience in the Premier League.
Despite playing only a peripheral role at the Etihad last season, Jesus managed 13 goals and 12 assists across all competitions. His workrate and off-the-ball movement make him an exciting player for Conte’s system, but the competition for his services is high, with AC Milan and Chelsea also in the race.
While Osimhen, also a very talented and hardworking player himself, is likely to excel under Conte too, Spurs would be unwise not to gamble that kind of big money on players who haven’t peaked in potential under Fabio Paratici’s reign.
Amongst other options in the forward section, Tottenham also retain an interest in Lautaro Martinez. Conte knows the Argentinian too well from his time at Inter and Martinez has a consistent, prolific goalscoring record. If not Jesus, then signing Martinez sounds like the next best thing to do.
Nevertheless, if Spurs bring in a big-name forward, then perhaps we can see Conte pair Harry Kane up front with them. However, that would then raise the question of what could happen with Son Heung-min and Dejan Kulusevski, who could see his loan deal become permanent this summer.
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Fielding four out-and-out attackers is something that may be too attacking an approach, but then again, before imagining such a possibility, it is best to wait and see what happens by the end of this summer transfer window.