Rangers handed reported £82m Champions League Napoli boost

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Rangers handed reported £82m Champions League Napoli boost

Rangers won’t be welcoming £82m Nigerian international striker Victor Osimhen as Italian giants Napoli are dealt a major Champions League blow.

The potent forward joined the current Serie A leaders in 2020, with Napoli breaking the bank to bring the now 23-year-old forward, making him the most expensive African player of all time [BBC Sport].

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Interestingly, it was with the proceeds of this deal that the Ligue 1 side reportedly made an attempt to sign Alfredo Morelos, with the Gers said to have turned down a £16m offer for the Colombian.

But now, Victor Osimhen won’t be leading the potent Napoli attack after picking up a serious injury in the Italian’s 4-1 Group A opening day crushing of Champions League rivals Liverpool.

The attacker went off for Giovanni Simeone just before half-time in the victory and Napoli have since confirmed that the player won’t be available for five weeks due to a bicep injury.

“As scheduled, Victor Osimhen underwent diagnostic tests this morning which revealed a second degree injury to his right bicep,” reads a club statement.

“The blue striker had already started carrying out therapies yesterday.”

Napoli head to Rangers withou Victor Osimhen

When any side loses a player of such value and significance it is of course a major blow, with Rangers subsequently boosted by Napoli losing Victor Osimhen.

But Luciano Spalletti’s side boast plenty of attacking options and Rangers will need to be aware of them all.

Giovanni Simeone – the man who came on to replace Victor Osimhen – netted instantly after coming on for the Nigerian the 4-1 win over Liverpool whilst loan striker Giacomo Raspadori got the weekend’s table-topping winner against Spezia.

Mexican winger Hirving Lozano represents a major threat from out right whilst summer signing and Georgian talent Khvicha Kvaratskhelia continues to impress.

The attacker has had an exceptional start to life in Italy and Rangers will need to keep him quiet to get anything from the game at Ibrox.