Offers €1M bonus payment to keep Nigerian forward happy in Naples for one more year
By Ed Emeanua
Napoli has perfected plans to use the offer of “heavier bonuses” to keep and make their Nigerian superstar, Victor Osimhen, happy at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium for an extra year, according to The Peoples Person.
This comes just as reports out of France say Osimhen is in heightened transfer talks with Paris Saint Germain (PSG), but the striker’s agent brands rumors as ‘fake news’ and is adamant it’s ‘too early to speak about transfers.’ The forward is Serie A’s current top scorer this season and has drawn the attention of some of the wealthiest clubs in Europe, including PSG, Manchester United, and Bayern Munich.
Mundo Deportivo asked the player’s agent if Osimhen was in advanced negotiations with PSG. The response was crystal clear: “It’s all fake news; it’s early to speak about transfers,” Roberto Calenda, agent of the Nigerian striker, told the publication.
The Nigerian forward and Harry Kane are two stars at the summit of Manchester United’s transfer ambition this summer. Osimhen has finished 26 goals in 32 games in all competitions this term, and his contract at the Stadio Maradona ends in June 2025. He has been linked with severe transfer speculation interest from several European clubs searching for a world-class striker.
Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport claims that while clubs in England and abroad gear up for a transfer war with one another for the services of Napoli’s prolific striker, Osimhen’s continuation in Italy with Gli Azzurri (The Blues) should not be reduced.
According to the Italian news outlet, Osimhen desires to remain in Naples. Should his decision depend on emotions and sentiment alone, the Nigeria international would continue at his present club for eternity. The striker is a symbolic star in Naples and has attained acclaim status last witnessed under Diego Maradona’s stay at the club.
The Gazzetta dello Sport stressed that the 24-year-old would talk with club bosses and the Napoli hierarchy at the season’s conclusion to discuss his plans and the probability of a move. Capturing the league title could be necessary for everyone in the discussion.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis intends to improve on the achievement of his team this campaign, and retaining the Nigerian would be very helpful in attaining this aim. Having the striker for one more year in Naples would be preferable for De Laurentiis instead of trading off the star.
Napoli administrators are eager to make Luciano Spalletti contented. Within a limited time, Spalletti has changed Napoli’s providence and crafted Osimhen into one of the world’s most efficient goalscorers. For Napolis to regain its pedigree of Europe’s elite again, Osimhen is an essential element.
The Gazzetta insisted that one way to retain the Nigeria international is to revise the player’s current salary agreement. Osimhen’s contract runs out in 2025. Considering the Serie A remuneration limit, the forward would be compensated through “heavier bonuses” for his employment. These commissions could climb to an extra million euros in compensation.
Napoli is in the knowledge of Osimhen’s aspiration to ply his trade in the Premier League, and there is an acknowledgment that he will one day jump to England’s top flight. However, now, Napoli will make a financial plan to keep the striker. Osimhen is open to the idea and knows that remaining with Napoli for an extra year would benefit all parties.
Needless to say that for United and manager Erik Ten Hag, this would be a significant transfer blow.