In a recent interview, Lazio head coach Maurizio Sarri has offered some cautionary advice to Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen, urging him to reconsider leaving Napoli. Osimhen has been in the spotlight after an impressive season in Italy, attracting interest from top clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
Osimhen’s outstanding performance, which saw him score 26 league goals, played a crucial role in Napoli’s first Scudetto triumph in 33 years. This remarkable achievement has only increased his desirability in the transfer market. Napoli has set a staggering price tag of €150 million on the 24-year-old, indicating that a lucrative transfer is on the horizon.
Despite the allure of big clubs and the potential to earn a substantial salary, Sarri believes that Osimhen should carefully consider his options. The experienced coach, who previously managed Napoli before moving to Chelsea, understands the unique and exhilarating experience that Naples offers. Sarri stated, “Naples is a unique and exhilarating experience; it makes you feel both the responsibilities and the affection, love, and total involvement. Osimhen will make his choices, but he will struggle to find what he experienced in Naples.”
While Osimhen has expressed his dream of playing in the highly competitive Premier League, Sarri’s advice serves as a reminder of the intangible benefits that come with staying at Napoli. The striker has already expressed his affection for the Napoli faithful and his lack of urgency to leave the club. Moreover, Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has also expressed a strong desire to retain Osimhen’s services.
Ultimately, the decision regarding Osimhen’s future remains uncertain. He will need to weigh the potential financial rewards and the chance to play for prestigious clubs against the unique experience and affection he has found in Naples. Regardless of his choice, Osimhen’s talent and success in Italy have undoubtedly put him in a favorable position to make a significant impact wherever he goes.