Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, who led Napoli to the Italian Football League title last season after three decades, will move to “Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or England,” according to what the president of the southern club, Aurelio De Laurentiis, revealed on Friday.
In response to Osimhen’s confirmation to the American “CBS” network, on the sidelines of his participation in the African Cup in Ivory Coast currently, that he had made a decision about his destination next summer, De Laurentiis was not surprised.
He said after leaving a meeting of the Italian League: “We have known about this thing since last summer, and that is why the negotiations to renew his contract were so long.”
He added: “We know that he will go to Real Madrid (Spanish), Paris Saint-Germain (French), or to an English club.”
After playing a major role in Partenopei winning the Scudetto title, by scoring 26 goals, the 25-year-old remained with his team despite the tempting offers presented to him.
But Napoli is experiencing a bad season and now ranks ninth in the Italian Football League, losing all hopes of defending its title.
The Nigerian extended his contract at the end of December for an additional year until 2026. According to Italian newspapers, the contract stipulates a penalty clause ranging between 120 and 130 million euros.
Osimhen, the best African player for the year 2023, joined Napoli in 2020 from French club Lille and scored 67 goals in 119 matches in various competitions with Napoli.
De Laurentiis denied the hypothesis that Portuguese Jose Mourinho (recently dismissed from Roma) would come to coach the team, saying: “Mourinho is in Naples, this is not news. He was in Roma, he is free now (…) He is a great coach, very friendly, part of football history.” A certain foot.”
Four months ago, De Laurentiis fired Frenchman Rudi Garcia and appointed Walter Mazzarri in his place until the end of the season.
Mazzarri continued about Mourinho: “His destiny will take him outside Italy, at least not in Naples.”