Napoli impose £102m price tag on Victor Osimhen and must sell star to seal Cristiano Ronaldo transfer from Man Utd

NAPOLI have put a price tag of £102m on Victor Osimhen who they must sell to buy Manchester United ace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is in the market after making it clear he wants to leave Old Trafford this summer.

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Napoli want £102m for striker Victor OsimhenCredit: Sportphoto24/Giuseppe Maffia
They plan to use the money to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Man United

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They plan to use the money to buy Cristiano Ronaldo from Man UnitedCredit: Alamy

United boss Erik ten Hag initially opposed the 37-year-old’s departure but has since opened the door for him to leave.

The Portugal international has been waived for United’s last two games which they have won consecutively.

The Red Devils followed up their emphatic 2-1 win over Liverpool with a comfortable 1-0 win over Southampton on Saturday.

Ronaldo’s banishment to the bench probably increased his desire to leave Old Trafford.

But he has struggled to find a suitor so far with a host of clubs, including Borussia Dortmund, declining his services.

However, it has emerged that Napoli are ready to bring the former Juventus star back to Serie A.

Reports claim that Ronaldo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has tried to arrange a loan move to Napoli for his client which involves a swap deal for Osimhen.

And Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti refused to rule out a swoop for Ronaldo when asked about the potential transfer.

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But the temperature claim Napoli are now looking to sell Osimhen for £102m to fund a move for Ronaldo.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis is a long-time admirer of Ronaldo and is ready to show Osimhen the door to bring in the striker.

Osimhen was once a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, but only interested side Newcastle might be willing to spend more than £100m on the star.

And if they manage to offload Osimhen, Ronaldo’s £360,000-a-week wage shouldn’t be a problem for Napoli as Laurentiis plan to use Italy’s ‘immigration’ tax laws to help them.

The law provides tax cuts for Italian clubs that buy foreign players abroad, meaning Napoli could save up to 50% on Ronaldo’s salary.

A move to Napoli could be the answer for Ronaldo as they can offer him the chance to play Champions League football – unlike United, whose absence from this season’s competition has fueled his desire to leave.

Richard L. Militello