• Wednesday, May 22, 2024
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Piers Morgan lures Osimhen to Arsenal, as striker deletes all Napoli photos on social media

Following the public spat that greeted the video posted on Napoli’s TikTok account mocking Victor Osimhen, Piers Morgan, an English TV personality has urged the Nigerian striker to join Premier League side Arsenal.

The video featured a high-pitched voice in the background shouting, “gimme penalty please.” It’s a follow-up to the striker’s penalty miss against Bologna. The video then drew comparisons between Osimhen and a coconut.

“Don’t take this terrible treatment @victorosimhen9 – come to Arsenal instead,” Morgan wrote on X.

In the wake of the event, the striker on Wednesday snubbed his teammates while arriving at the team’s hotel ahead of their game against Udinese.

The tense relationship between the player and Napoli will likely reawaken interest in Osimhen from clubs who had tried to get his signature in the summer, and Morgan quickly took advantage of the situation to remind him about the Gunners.

Read also: Osimhen shines in Napoli’s 4-1 victory over Udinese

Arsenal are said to need a striker following their not-too-impressive start to the Premier League campaign and have been linked with Brentford star Ivan Toney.

However, in response to the maltreatment from the Serie A champion, Osimhen has deleted all photos and videos featuring the club’s shirt on his Instagram account.

Osimhen has netted three times in six appearances in the season’s opening weeks for misfiring Italian champions Napoli.

The 24-year-old has become an icon in Naples after scoring 31 times in all competitions last season as Napoli won their first league title since 1990.

Osimhen, who was a target for Chelsea and Manchester United in the summer, is negotiating a contract extension with Napoli, with his current deal expiring in June 2025.

Napoli signed him from Lille for an initial 70 million euros just over three years ago, a transfer which is being investigated by Italian authorities.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabian clubs will lead the pursuit of Osimhen should he push for a move away from Napoli in January after his agent threatened legal action against the club over the controversial TikTok videos.