Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is taking charge of negotiations for Victor Osimhen’s contract extension, according to Soccernet. The 24-year-old Nigerian striker has been at the center of transfer talks this summer following his exceptional season with Napoli.
Osimhen’s impressive performances saw him score 31 goals in 39 appearances, playing a crucial role in Napoli’s Scudetto triumph after 33 years and their historic quarterfinal run in the UEFA Champions League. Unsurprisingly, several top clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, PSG, and Bayern Munich have expressed interest in the talented forward.
However, Napoli is determined to keep hold of their prized asset and has made it clear that Osimhen will only be sold if a substantial offer is made. President De Laurentiis has a reputation for being tough negotiator when it comes to his star players, and this situation is no different.
With Osimhen’s contract set to expire in 2025, Napoli is eager to extend his stay to avoid losing him for free. Moreover, a contract extension would also boost the player’s market value. De Laurentiis has personally taken charge of the negotiations and is currently in direct talks with Osimhen’s agent to secure an extension until 2027, as reported by Napoli Magazine per Corriere dello Sport.
However, the lure of bigger clubs and potentially higher salaries may make it difficult for Osimhen to accept Napoli’s offer. The Italian club may not be able to match the financial packages that other clubs could offer. Nevertheless, Osimhen might choose to remain loyal to Napoli and continue his successful spell in Naples.
It remains to be seen whether a compromise can be reached between the parties involved. For now, Napoli is determined to hold on to their biggest asset and will only consider offers that meet their lofty expectations.