·27 September 2023
·27 September 2023
Victor Osimhen in action for Nigeria.
The 24-year-old scored 26 league goals for Napoli last season as he helped the Italian side win the Serie A title.
Osimhen was linked with a move to the Premier League during the summer transfer window but Napoli’s huge asking price made a summer transfer unlikely.
Napoli are able to demand a huge fee for their prized asset as he is under contract until 2025. They had hoped to tie him down to a longer deal but this now looks unlikely.
Osimhen is said to be ‘furious’ with Napoli as a video (which appeared to mock the forward) was posted via the club’s official TikTok account.
This video was swiftly deleted but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has predicted that Napoli ‘will have to sell’ Osimhen in 2024 as this conflict may be difficult to overcome amid interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.
A fresh report from Calciomercato claims Napoli received ‘many approaches’ for Osimhen during the summer transfer window and at the time, they ‘requested at least 120 million euros’ from suitors.
It is noted that Napoli were reluctant to let Osimhen leave in the summer but their hand may be forced at some point next year as they have an unhappy player on their hands.
Regarding potential destinations for Osimhen, it is claimed that Chelsea are the ‘first and most logical solution’ for the Nigeria international. They have ‘expressed interest’, have ‘no limits on spending’ and ‘need a real number nine’ so he ‘could arrive at Stamford Bridge’.
Romano has also explained why Man Utd were not able to sign Osimhen during the summer.
“Manchester United considered Osimhen in the summer but it was impossible to negotiate with Napoli, as they were never even considering entertaining bids for anything less than €150m and that was far from what Man United could afford,” Romano told Caught Offside.
“Paris Saint-Germain were also linked with Osimhen several times, and Napoli even felt that PSG were the only club who could realistically afford their asking price for the Nigerian striker.
“Still, in the end, PSG never presented an official bid – instead they decided to bring in Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani for almost the same price.
“In truth, the biggest possibility for Osimhen was with Al Hilal. They were prepared to spend more than €150m on Osimhen before later signing Neymar and Aleksandar Mitrovic.
“It’s important to note that in this case, Napoli wanted more money for Osimhen – they were not going to accept only €150m from Saudi clubs, and so nothing happened.”
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