Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move to bring Victor Osimhen to north London next summer.
What’s the talk?
That’s according to Rudy Galetti, with the Italian journalist revealing in a recent report that, in the event Harry Kane does go on to seal a reported move to Bayern Munich at the end of the current campaign, Antonio Conte has already informed Fabio Paratici that he would want the SS Napoli centre-forward as the England international’s replacement.
The Sportitalia reporter went on to state that Tottenham would be willing to offer the Serie A side a figure in the region of €85m (£74m) for the 23-year-old striker, with Conte believed to be enamoured with the attacking skills of the Nigeria international.
Dream Kane replacement
While the prospect of losing the services of Kane is not likely a thought most Tottenham supporters want to consider, should the 29-year-old’s unthinkable move happen next summer, it is not difficult to understand why Conte would want Osimhen to replace the 254-goal Spurs star.
Indeed, after sealing an €80m (£70m) move to the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in the summer of 2020, the £58.5m-rated forward has been in devastating form for Luciano Spalletti’s side, scoring ten goals, registering three assists and creating six big chances over his 24 Serie A appearances – only 14 of which came as starts – in 2020/21, before bagging 14 goals, providing two assists and creating three big chances over 27 league fixtures – 23 of which came as starts – last time out.
The £97k-per-week hitman also impressed over his five Europa League appearances last season, notching four goals and creating one big chance for his teammates – with these returns seeing the player who Nizaar Kinsella dubbed a “goal machine” and Casey Evans labelled a “dream” signing average a simply sensational SofaScore match rating of 7.34.
Furthermore, according to FBref, Osimhen’s returns in the final third actually better Kane’s in a number of important metrics, with the Napoli striker ranking in the top 6% of centre-forwards in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for non-penalty goals per 90, in addition to the top 5% for non-penalty xG and the top 3% for shots over the last 365 days.
Meanwhile, FBref rank the Tottenham talisman in the top 27% for non-penalty goals per 90, as well as the top 10% for non-penalty xG and the top 5% for shots over the past 12 months – proving just how deadly an attacker Osimhen truly is.
As such, while waving goodbye to Kane would certainly be an extremely sad day for everyone involved with Spurs, Napoli’s Nigerian sensation would undoubtedly be a dream replacement for the England international – leading us to believe that Paratici must do everything he can to bring Osimhen to north London should the 29-year-old leave next summer.