PSG Eyes Napoli Striker Osimhen as Mbappe Replacement

French Giants Target Nigerian Star to Fill Impending Void Left by Departing Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has reportedly set its sights on Napoli striker Victor Osimhen as a potential successor to Kylian Mbappe, who is poised to depart the club this summer, leaving Real Madrid as the frontrunners for his signature.

Mbappe’s decision not to extend his contract with the Ligue 1 champions beyond the current season has prompted PSG to swiftly explore alternatives, with Osimhen emerging as a prime candidate on their radar, according to reports from The Athletic. However, securing Osimhen’s services won’t come cheap, as Napoli values the Nigerian star at approximately £130 million.

While Osimhen has attracted interest from Premier League clubs like Chelsea and Arsenal, PSG’s pursuit could disrupt their plans as they seek to bolster their attacking lineup for the upcoming seasons. The 25-year-old forward, who joined Napoli from Lille in 2020, has been a pivotal figure for the Italian side, particularly during their title-winning campaign last season, where he netted 26 goals in 32 appearances.

Despite Napoli’s struggles this season, Osimhen’s performance has continued to garner attention, with PSG keen to capitalize on his talent and potential to reinforce their squad. The Nigerian international, who recently represented his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, is believed to have already made a decision regarding his future, signaling a likely departure from Napoli this summer, despite having a contract that runs until 2026.

Osimhen’s time in Italy hasn’t been devoid of controversy, notably involving an incident where he was substituted during a match against Bologna in September, leading to public disagreement with then-manager Rudi Garcia. Additionally, Napoli faced backlash for sharing a social media post mocking Osimhen’s reaction to missing a penalty, an incident that stirred controversy within the club.

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With PSG expressing keen interest in Osimhen, speculation mounts over the striker’s potential move to the French capital, with the allure of playing alongside stars like Neymar and Lionel Messi potentially swaying his decision. As negotiations unfold, PSG aims to secure Osimhen’s signature to fortify their squad ahead of the next campaign.

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