Managers like Erik ten Hag and Graham Potter have a proven track record of improving young players. And they could help the 24-year-old improve further and fulfill his potential. Osimhen has already proven himself in Serie A and he should look to take the next step in his career now. A move to Manchester United or Chelsea would be ideal.
Chelsea, Man U willing to pay €120m for Osimhen
Chelsea and Manchester United want to sign Victor Osimhen at the end of the season. And they are ready to invest €120 million for the 24-year-old Napoli striker, according to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, as relayed by Sport Witness.
Osimhen has been in fantastic form this season, scoring 15 goals across all competitions. There is no doubt that the 24-year-old would be a quality long-term acquisition for both Premier League clubs. And it remains to be seen who ends up signing him eventually. He has been linked with PSG as well.
Manchester United needs to add goals to its attack, and Osimhen could be the ideal partner for Marcus Rashford next season. The Nigerian could lead the line for the Red Devils, allowing Rashford to operate as a wide forward.
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Meanwhile, Chelsea is severely lacking in goals right now. The team has improved its midfield and defence with a number of additions this season but needs to bring in a reliable goal scorer. And along with Manchester United, the team is ready to break the bank to sign the 24-year-old. So it is not surprising that the club is open to paying €120 million to land him.
Osimhen will certainly add some much-needed cutting edge in the final third. And his arrival could help Chelsea challenge for the Premier League title next season. The 24-year-old has the technical and physical attributes to succeed in English football, and he has the talent to justify the reported asking price as well.
It will be interesting to see whether the two English clubs can agree on a fee with Napoli now. The Serie A giants have a reputation for being difficult negotiators, and they will want to recoup as much as possible for their prized asset. The opportunity to move to the Premier League will be an exciting one for the striker, and he will look to showcase his qualities at a higher level next season.
Ronaldo breaks another record, grabs brace in Euro qualifier
Football super star, Cristiano Ronaldo has broken another record, becoming the world’s most capped international football player after featuring in Portugal’s win against Liechtenstein, where grabbed a brace.
Portugal demolished Liechtenstein 4-0 in their first Euro 2024 qualifying match on Thursday at home
Ronaldo has appeared for Portugal 197th time in international match to become the only man to have done that.
The Portuguese star had moved level with Kuwait forward Bader Al-Mutawa on 196 caps at the World Cup but there were question marks over his international future after Portugal’s elimination by Morocco at the quarter-final stage.
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Ronaldo has now scored 120 international goals with his brace on Thursday.
However, Portugal began their Euro 2024 qualifier campaign with a ruthless performance against Liechtenstein.
The homers opened scoring in eight minutes. The had ball rebounded and arrived at the feet of Joao Cancelo just outside the box. He fired a daisy-cutter into the middle of the goal.
Bernardo Silva made it 2-0 for Portugal two minutes after the break, tapping home from close range after the rebound fell into his path.
Ronaldo scored four minutes later from the penalty spot to make it 3-0. He put the ball into the bottom left corner past the outstretched arm of Benjamin Buchel.
The Portugese star got his brace on 63 minutes, shooting from the free kick just outside the box, hitting the top right corner.
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Ex-Arsenal player, Mesut Ozil announces retirement
The former Real Madrid and Arsenal player, Mesut Ozil announced his retirement from football on Wednesday after an illustrious international career with Germany.
The 34-year-old helped Germany to glory in Brazil in 2014 but bitterly quit the international scene after the Germans crashed out of the 2018 tournament in Russia.
A statement on social media said: “Hello everyone, After thoughtful consideration, I’m announcing my immediate retirement from professional football.
“I’ve had the privilege to be a professional football player for almost 17 years now and I feel incredibly thankful for the opportunity. But in recent weeks and months, having also suffered some injuries, it’s become more and more clear that it’s time to leave the big stage of football.
“It has been an amazing journey filled with unforgettable moments and emotions. I want to thank my clubs – Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid, Arsenal FC, Fenerbahce, Basaksehir and the coaches who supported me, plus team-mates who have become friends.”
Ozil, born in the German city of Gelsenkirchen but of Turkish descent, played on some of football’s biggest stages but also became embroiled in international politics and accusations of racism.
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When Germany were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup at the group stage, a wounded Ozil accused the German public of “racist” attacks.
His club career blossomed when his deft passing and vision helped secure his move from the Bundesliga to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side in 2010.
He soon led La Liga in assists while helping the Spanish club to their 32nd league title in 2012.
His big-money move to Arsenal in 2013 helped the London club end their FA Cup drought the following year.
In 2014, Ozil started the final as Germany beat Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1-0 in the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro thanks to Mario Goetze’s extra-time goal.
His statement continued: “Special thanks must go to my family members and my closest friends. They have been a part of my journey from day one and have given me so much love and support, through the good times and the bad.
“Thank you to all my fans who have shown me so much love no matter the circumstances and no matter which club I was representing.
“Now I’m looking forward to everything that is in front of me with my beautiful wife, Amine, and my two beautiful daughters, Eda and Ela – but you can be sure that you will hear from me from time to time on my social media channels.
“See you soon, Mesut!”
Ozil was repeatedly shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or but the later stages of his career were troubled by disputes over playing time and his close personal friendship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan was the best man at Ozil’s Istanbul wedding to former Miss Turkey and actress Amine in 2019.
Ex-Arsenal & Man City striker Emmanuel Adebayor retires aged 39
Former Premier League striker Emmanuel Adebayor has announced his retirement from football aged 39.
Adebayor enjoyed a 22-year professional career, which saw him play in France, England, Spain, Turkey, Paraguay and his native Togo. He scored 97 goals in 241 appearances in the Premier League, playing for Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
That record places him 35th on the list of the league’s all-time top scorers, between Tottenham forward Son Heung-min and Nigerian striker Yakubu. While he spent most of his career in the Premier League, he also turned out for Metz and Monaco in France, Real Madrid in Spain and Istanbul Basaksehir in Turkey.
He has now announced his decision to hang up his boots. “SEA, from the highs to the lows, my career as a professional athlete has been an incredible journey,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Thank you to my fans for being there every step of the way. I’m feeling so grateful for everything, and excited for what’s to come!”
Adebayor made his name at Arsenal, who signed him from Monaco for £3million in January 2006. He stayed for three years in Arsene Wenger ’s side and exploded onto the scene by scoring 30 times in the 2007/08 season.
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