Napoli’s star forward Victor Osimhen is on the cusp of a significant transfer that could see him donning the jerseys of football giants like Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, or an elite English club. Napoli’s chief, Aurelio De Laurentiis, confirmed these swirling speculations, adding a layer of certainty to the future of the African football marvel.
Osimhen, currently representing Nigeria at the Africa Cup of Nations, inadvertently fanned the flames of transfer rumors during his interview with CBS, revealing his decision about his imminent move.
This revelation prompted De Laurentiis to acknowledge the inevitable, despite Osimhen’s recent contract extension with Napoli, a deal inked amidst whispers of a hefty release clause oscillating between 120 and 130 million euros. Follow your favourite football team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet.
The Nigerian striker’s journey with Napoli has been nothing short of phenomenal. Crowned the top scorer in Serie A last season with a staggering 26 goals, Osimhen was instrumental in Napoli clinching their first league title since the Maradona era in 1990. His impressive tally of 67 goals in 119 appearances across competitions speaks volumes of his calibre, a prowess that earned him the coveted title of African Player of the Year.
However, the narrative at Napoli is not entirely rosy. The club is navigating through what’s labeled a ‘nightmare season’, with its position in the league plummeting and dreams in the Italian Cup dashed. This downturn followed the departure of Coach Luciano Spalletti, the architect of the previous season’s triumph. De Laurentiis’s managerial carousel saw Rudi Garcia’s brief tenure replaced by Walter Mazzarri, signaling a period of instability and restructuring.
Amidst these shifts, one potential arrival that’s been categorically ruled out is that of Jose Mourinho. The charismatic coach, recently parting ways with Roma, won’t be calling the shots at Napoli, as De Laurentiis clearly stated, “Mourinho at Napoli is not on the agenda.”
The Napoli chief showered Mourinho with praise but firmly placed him outside Napoli’s immediate future, hinting at a trajectory that diverges from the Italian shores.
As the saga unfolds, the football fraternity is on tenterhooks, eagerly anticipating the next chapter in Osimhen’s career. Will it be the royal whites of Real Madrid, the glamorous blues of Paris Saint-Germain, or the allure of the Premier League that will secure the signature of Napoli’s golden eagle? Only time will reveal. Get the latest updates from the world of football only on Nextbet.