Napoli superstar Victor Osimhen has been at the forefront of intense transfer speculation this summer. After several approaches from Europe’s heavy hitters failed to come to fruition, Saudi Pro League giants Al-Hilal thought it was their turn to try and prise the Nigerian away from Serie A.
However, Napoli didn’t think twice before turning down the Saudis’ €130 million proposal, according to Il Mattino (via Tuttomercatoweb). Al-Hilal’s mega-money bid for the 24-year-old wasn’t enough to persuade Napoli chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis to give up his standout performer.
De Laurentiis is holding out for a mind-boggling €200m asking price as Napoli work around the clock to tie Osimhen down to a new deal. The reigning Serie A title holders view the ex-Lille striker as an invaluable piece of Rudi Garcia’s puzzle.
Given Osimhen’s immeasurable contribution to their first Scudetto in 33 years last season, it’s nothing to be surprised about. The sought-after Napoli frontman won the Capocannoniere award, courtesy of an impressive tally of 26 goals from 32 league appearances.
Having established himself among the fan favorites at the Diego Maradona Stadium, Osimhen is enthusiastic about extending his stay at Napoli. Several Premier League heavyweights and Paris Saint-Germain have witnessed the forward’s special connection with the Partenopei first-hand this summer.
Despite a number of attempts to lure him away from Napoli, Osimhen is closing in on a new long-term contract. His loyalty to the club is commendable, especially in today’s football.
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