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Manchester United ready to make a statement of intent by signing Napoli hitman Victor Osimhen this summer

Manchester United have emerged as a main contender to secure the services of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen during the summer transfer window, according to the Independent.

The Red Devils want to make a statement of intent in the market following the arrival of Sir Jim Ratcliffe as co-owner, but they face competition from Arsenal, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain for the Nigerian international.

The Premier League duo are in the market for a new striker while the French club are preparing for life without Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Osimhen has a €110 million release clause in his new deal, and Man United appear willing to splash the cash again on another striker.

The Red Devils brought Denmark international Rasmus Hojlund on a big-money deal from Atalanta to Old Trafford last summer, but they want to further bolster their options and the Serie A star fits the bill.

The 25-year-old has bagged 11 goals and three assists in 16 league appearances this term after ending last season with 26 league goals to help Napoli land the title.

Man United are desperate to win the Premier League for the first time since 2013, and recruiting the services of the Nigerian hitman will help boost their chances.

However, they may need to qualify for the Champions League next term to have a realistic chance of landing Osimhen.

Arsenal will be playing in the elite European competition from the look of things given their splendid form this term, which could give them an advantage in the race.

The Red Devils lost 3-1 to Manchester City yesterday, with their top-four chances suffering another major blow as they are now 11 points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa.

Their position at the end of the 2023-24 campaign will have a huge say on their summer transfer activities and plans, and manager Erik ten Hag will be desperate to turn their fortunes around in the remaining 11 league games.