Napoli and Top Striker Remain in a Holding Pattern

Napoli and Victor Osimhen are playing the waiting game concerning his contract extension. There has been no tangible progress since the summer. President Aurelio De Laurentiis stated that the striker had an about-face last week. The club issued a statement to clear the air.

“There have been fictitious interpretations of the president’s words on the matter. He never said anything negative, just that, after a long negotiation, which ended with a handshake that determined the will to continue the relationship, Victor changed his mind. The president hopes it’s just a pause to reflect.”

“Since he’ll have to rehab in the coming weeks, De Laurentiis, Osimhen, and his agent Roberto Calenda will meet to discuss the future with serenity. Saying that that the relationship between the parties is icy completely out of line.”

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the club and the representatives have dug their heels in. His camp isn’t averse to an extension. However, they want a somewhat affordable release clause. Plus, they believe his wages should be ten percent of that amount.

For instance, if the bar was set at €120M, the salary should be €12M. The brass doesn’t want to get to that level. Osimhen is contracted with Napoli until 2025. Therefore, an agreement is necessary before next summer. Otherwise, his valuation will plummet, and his departure will become a lot more likely.

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