Fabrizio Romano claimed Manchester United’s biggest obstacle to signing Victor Osimhen is set to be removed.
According to a freshMirrorreport, Napoli striker Osimhen would favour a move to the Premier League, despite being a target for Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
And United are among the clubs that have been strongly linked to the Nigeria international. Erik ten Hag’s side are still in the market for a long-term Cristiano Ronaldo replacement, six months after the five-time Balon d’Or winner’s acrimonious departure.
Osimhen, whose 23 Serie A goals fired Napoli to their first Scudetto in 33 years this season, reportedly heads United’s striking shortlist, with Harry Kane also thought to be a target.
Amid reports of United’s interest, there are claims that the Azzurri’s sporting director, Cristiano Giuntoli, is on the cusp of joining Juventus this summer.
The 51-year-old executive has been cited as one of the key architects behind Napoli’s Serie A success and his departure could make it easier for United to sign Osimhen, as well as his teammate Kim Min-jae.
Romano on Giuntoli’s future
Transfer guru Romano claimed that Giuntoli had reached an agreement to become Juventus’ sporting director.
The master negotiator’s potential departure could be a major boost in United’s pursuit of Osimhen and Kim. Giuntoli is a persuasive figure, having ‘locked’ Osimhen inside a hotel to convince him to join the Serie A side and turn down a move to Liverpool back in 2020.
Speaking on hisYouTubechannel, Romano said: “At Juventus, it’s still not clear who’s going to be the director. Of course, Cristiano Giuntoli is the big favourite.
“He has an agreement with Juventus. Giuntoli is the man who built the Napoli project as director. He now has an agreement to join Juventus but he’s waiting on Napoli to give the green light […] and to let him go to Juventus.
“So at that moment, he would become the new director and the future of Dušan Vlahović and many other players would become more clear.”