Napoli fans can breathe a sigh of relief as their star striker, Victor Osimhen, is poised to extend his stay with the Italian giants. The 24-year-old Nigerian, who clinched the Serie A top scorer title last season, is set to sign a new three-year contract, according to reports from reliable sources. This move comes after weeks of speculation linking Osimhen to some of Europe’s elite clubs.
Renowned football journalist Gianluca Di Marzio revealed that the new deal would include a staggering €150 million release clause, effectively warding off any immediate attempts by other clubs to secure his services. The clause, however, appears to have a safeguard for Napoli. Sources suggest that Italian clubs won’t be able to trigger the release clause in the first year, providing some breathing room for Napoli’s faithful to enjoy Osimhen’s prowess for at least another season.
The transfer chatter surrounding Osimhen had intensified with Manchester United and Bayern Munich reportedly expressing their interest in acquiring the striker. Even Chelsea had been thrown into the mix. With these European giants eyeing Nigeria’s talents, Napoli was in a race against time to secure his commitment.
The departure of title-winning coach Luciano Spalletti had raised concerns about Osimhen’s future at Napoli. However, the club’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, swiftly moved to quell any uncertainties by offering the striker an impressive €10 million per season, making him the highest-paid player at the club. This substantial financial incentive, coupled with Napoli’s recent successes, seemed to have swayed Osimhen’s decision to remain in Naples.
With the new contract imminent, all eyes are now on Osimhen as he prepares to embark on another exciting chapter with Napoli. Having propelled his team to last season’s Serie A title with an impressive goal tally of 26, the striker is undeniably a fan favourite, revered in the city like a deity. Under the guidance of newly appointed manager Rudi Garcia, Osimhen will be aiming not only to defend Napoli’s Scudetto crown but also to make significant strides in the coveted Champions League. As Osimhen commits his future to Napoli, fans eagerly await the next chapter in his remarkable football journey.