The future of Victor Osimhen, Napoli’s Nigerian goal machine, has turned into a summer transfer saga waiting to unfold. While the 25-year-old striker committed to two more years with the Serie A champions in November, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has dropped a bombshell: Osimhen’s sights are set on pastures new, and the Premier League beckons.
“We already knew it since last summer,” De Laurentiis declared, suggesting the contract extension was merely a strategic move. “The negotiation for the renewal would not have been this long otherwise. We already knew he would go to Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain or the Premier League.”
Osimhen himself, echoing De Laurentiis’ sentiment, admitted to having already made a decision about his next step, keeping it close to his chest for now. He acknowledged the allure of the Premier League, “one of the biggest and best leagues in the world,” while stressing his current commitment to Napoli.
The Premier League’s elite clubs, particularly Chelsea and Arsenal, are reportedly eager to land the prolific striker. Osimhen’s blistering form last season, netting 31 goals and powering Napoli to their first Scudetto since 1990, has made him a hot commodity.
Meanwhile, Napoli fans can breathe a sigh of relief as De Laurentiis shut down another transfer rumor: “Mourinho has nothing to do with Napoli. He is a very funny and impulsive coach, but I feel his destiny lies outside Italy. Surely not at Napoli.” The Special One’s fiery personality doesn’t seem to gel with the passionate Neapolitan atmosphere.
So, where will Osimhen land? Will he conquer the Premier League, grace the Champions League stage with Real Madrid or PSG, or remain in Serie A with a new club? The summer transfer window promises to be a thrilling ride for the Nigerian star and football fans alike.