Nigerian reluctant to force through a move from Napoli despite Les Parisiens’ enticing deal
By Ed Emeanua
Paris Saint Germain (PSG) are ready to hand Victor Osimhen a €12 million per season personal deal but the Nigerian is reluctant to force through his own move from Napoli despite the tantalizing deal.
PSG new boss Luis Enrique is believed to be behind the side’s recent push to sign Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen to Les Parisiens colors this summer.
A new vigor in PSG’s interest in the transfer saga of Osimhen has emerged since the Spaniard signed up as Les Parisiens manager on July 5, with the club now leading the race to sign the Napoli striker.
The former Barcelona and Spain coach is said to be ‘extremely enthusiastic to work with the Nigerian and has communicated this interest to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
To this end, On July 10, PSG officially became the first club to table a deal for the transfer of the Nigeria International from Napoli this summer,
However, PSG’s owner Al-Khelaifi’s €100 million check was quickly rejected by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis who later said that he would be willing to let his prized striker leave only if he receives an ‘indecent’ proposal.
PSG would likely return for Osimhen’s move with an improved offer but are not receptive to matching De Laurentiis’ extortionate asking price of between €170 to €200 million for the Napoli forward.
It is left to be seen how far the PSG owner is ready to plod in the maze that has become course of Osimhen’s move from Naples to greener pastures this transfer season.
Osimhen has been associated with a likely move to PSG or Manchester United, and sources close to Napoli suggests that De Laurentiis will ask for €150m to allow the striker to leave.
“We will see Victor Osimhen wearing our shirt next season, that’s for sure,” the Italian film producer and Napoli owner said.
However, he added: “If a more than obscene offer arrives, we will move on and find another top talent, just like we did with (Khvicha) Kvaratskhelia and Osimhen.”
The 24-year-old Nigeria striker’s current deal with Napoli ties him to Partenopei through summer of 2025.