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Representatives on behalf of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen have played down suggestions that the Serie A frontman could be lured away by Premier League moneybags Newcastle United, speaking to CalcioNews24

With The Athletic reporting that a nouveau-riche Newcastle are taking a keen interest in Italian football, it’s surely no coincidence that some of Serie A’s biggest and most recognisable names have been linked with big-money moves to St James’ Park since the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund completed their long-awaited takeover a few weeks ago. 

The agent of Inter Milan defender Alessandro Bastoni seemingly opened the door for the Magpies in October.

Hirving Lozano, Napoli’s Mexican international winger, was not quite as effusive when quizzed about the prospect of joining Eddie Howe’s ranks at some point in 2022. 

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And Osimhen’s camp were careful not to fan the flames of speculation either. 

“Newcastle? Naples remains our home,” Osita Okolo said of the Nigeria international, a team-mate of Lozano’s at the Stadio San Paolo. 

Osimhen’s focus, right now, is fixed not on the transfer market but on returning from a fractured cheekbone – one that threatens to rule him out of the African Cup of Nations in January while delivering a hammer blow to Napoli’s hopes of a first Serie A title since the days of Diego Maradona. 

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According to Okolo, the prognosis does not look good with the former Lille ace expected to miss three months of action. 

Osimhen’s time in Italy has been littered with fitness problems but his latest lay-off feels particularly cruel.

Especially after Napoli’s £63 million record signing scored nine goals in 14 games for a side who enjoyed a storming start to the new campaign under former Inter Milan coach – and one-time Newcastle target – Luciano Spalletti. 

Interestingly, Osimhen, who has been labelled the ‘new (Didier) Drogba’, was very close to joining Arsenal before moving to Italy in the summer of 2020. 

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