Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has boldly declared that only Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) possesses the financial means to secure the services of Victor Osimhen this summer. De Laurentiis has attached an exorbitant price tag of €200 million to Osimhen, effectively ruling out Manchester United as potential suitors. Speaking to Sport Mediaset, De Laurentiis stated, “The only club that can afford to take Osimhen away from us is Paris Saint-Germain. So if Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to pay around €200 million, then we will wait and assess.”
Manchester United had identified Osimhen as one of their top two striker targets this transfer window, alongside Harry Kane. However, both players now appear to be beyond the financial reach of the Manchester club, as Tottenham Hotspur is also demanding a substantial sum for Kane’s services.
Meanwhile, Napoli is engaged in negotiations to extend Osimhen’s contract. According to Nicolo Schira, the Italian club has offered Osimhen an extended deal until 2027, featuring a significant salary increase to €6.5 million per season, along with additional bonuses. While a minimum release clause may be included in the contract, it will not be valid until July 2024.
Osimhen enjoyed a remarkable 2022-23 season, scoring an impressive 31 goals in 39 appearances across all competitions. With 26 goals in Serie A, he clinched the top scorer title as Napoli secured their first Scudetto in 33 years. Additionally, he found the net five times in the Champions League, helping Napoli reach the quarter-finals before succumbing to a 2-1 aggregate defeat against AC Milan.
The absence of Osimhen due to injury in the first leg of the quarter-final tie has been cited as a significant factor contributing to Napoli’s elimination from the competition.
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