Aurelio De Laurentiis Draws Parallels with Koulibaly Sale as Speculation Grows on Osimhen’s Departure
In a press conference that has sent ripples through Napoli, club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis hinted at the possibility of Victor Osimhen departing the club next summer, raising concerns among fans. Despite expectations of a contract extension for the Nigerian striker in Naples, negotiations have yet to materialize, and Osimhen’s current contract is set to expire in 2025, leaving supporters anxious about his potential early exit.
Drawing parallels with the sale of Kalidou Koulibaly to Chelsea, De Laurentiis expressed his perspective on Osimhen’s situation, stating, “I have never not been calm when it comes to Osimhen, but it takes two to tango. I remain the same, if his mood has changed, then there’s not much I can do about that. If after a handshake things change, that is disappointing, we take it into account, but life goes on. We have a good rapport with him.”
Speculation surrounding Osimhen’s departure intensified weeks ago when Napoli’s social media channels posted a video mocking the striker for missing a penalty. Although the post was swiftly deleted, the incident led to Osimhen’s agent threatening legal action. Clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, and Liverpool have all been linked with a potential move for Osimhen in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Both Chelsea and Arsenal have faced challenges in front of goal during the 2023-24 season, creating a heightened interest in Osimhen’s goal-scoring prowess. Meanwhile, Liverpool, who reportedly remain unconvinced about Darwin Nunez, sent a scout to observe Osimhen in action during international duty. However, the 24-year-old striker’s prospects were hampered by a hamstring injury, forcing him off the field after 59 minutes against Saudi Arabia and causing him to miss Nigeria’s subsequent fixture against Mozambique. As Osimhen’s future hangs in the balance, the football world watches with anticipation to see how the situation unfolds in the coming months.
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