Osimhen links to Manchester United are unfounded, claims transfer expert

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By Martin Graham | 27th Aug 2022

Italian intermediary Roberto Calenda has debunked the rumours suggesting Victory Osimhen wants to play for Manchester United.

It has been a summer of rumours and speculations. At Old Trafford, Manchester United are having a torrid time with some transfers. The Red Devils recorded success in the signing of Casemiro from Real Madrid and won their first match of the season with a 2-1 win over Liverpool. They have now followed that up with a 1-0 victory over Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

Despite the squad-boosting signing of Casemiro, United have struggled in their pursuit of Frenkie de Jong and have more problems at home. The problem with signing De Jong is that the Dutchman is not interested in featuring in the Europa League. The same problem seems to be forcing some United stars to desire a departure from the club.

With Cristiano Ronaldo keen on leaving Old Trafford for a Champions League side, rumours surfaced on the internet of Manchester United’s interest in a swap deal that involves Victor Osimhen and Cristiano Ronaldo.

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No negotiations for Osimhen

Social media was agog with rumours of a move by Manchester United for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

Manchester United are in dire need of a striker following the desire of Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club. It led to the rumours making the rounds of a Napoli interest in the Portuguese striker.

Following these rumours, Roberto Calenda, who handles affairs for Victor Osimhen, has reacted to the news. The news linking the Nigerian with United emanated from the Italian media and has spread like wildfire.

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There were claims the Red Devils were interested in signing the Nigerian international from Napoli. The rumour suggested that United was interested in a swap deal involving Cristiano Ronaldo and Victor Osimhen.

The Italian intermediary Calenda has debunked the reports and claims nothing in them. Calenda also took a subtle jab at Manchester United by saying that his client was not interested in playing in the Europa League as he wants to play in the Champions League.

Big figures mentioned for Osimhen

The rising profile of Victor Osimhen in Europe has seen the player linked with a move away from Napoli this summer. The current status of the player suggests otherwise. Despite the speculations surrounding the Nigeria international, everything points to Osimhen remaining a Napoli player when the window closes next week.

With the position of Osimhen’s status unclear, a stumbling block to the deal seeing the light of day is Napoli’s asking price for the 23-year-old. Napoli want over 100 million euros for the striker to sanction a move.

Calenda posted on his Twitter handle on Friday evening. He said there were no negotiations in progress and no swap deal considered

Osimhen joined Napoli in 2020 for a club-record fee of 70 million euros. The Nigerian striker still has around three years left on his current Napoli deal and has scored two goals this term in the Serie A.

Martin Graham is an MFF sports writer

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