“Shrewd Piece Of Business”- Napoli Summer Window Is Sorted

It’s no longer news that Lille hotshot Victor Osimhen is on the verge of completing a move to Napoli.

After weeks of complications here and there including disputes with agents, a move might now be nearing completion.

Just days ago, reliable sources from Nigeria close to Osimhen confirmed that a deal is more or less completed. Going by all of these, an official announcement could be done over the coming days.

It’s easy to see why the Napoli faithful are anxious to see the Nigerian forward put on the club’s jersey. 24 goal contributions in 38 appearances this season (via Transfermarkt) is enough reason to be excited, especially as he’s just 21.

In terms of history, the San Paolo is very attractive both as a home and a launch pad for a number of great players down the years. Diego Maradona is the most obvious one, but even narrowing it down to just strikers – Careca, Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens – leads one to conclude that there is a fine tradition there into which Osimhen can immerse himself.

While much is being said about what he would bring on the pitch, perhaps there’s not much focus given to the details off it.

The reports so far are claiming the transfer fee will cost around 80M, making Osimhen the most expensive African player of all time. The youngster will also stake his claim as one of the most expensive Serie A transfers as well.

Coming at a time when clubs are supposedly affected by the global pandemic, it comes as a good piece of business that Napoli can pull off. On closer look, they already had it in the pipeline and Aurelio De Laurentiis alongside the club’s scouts can take credit for all of this.

When you consider that the sale of Kalidou Koulibaly alone could recoup back the Osimhen transfer fee, one could say it’s overall good business for the club.

Elsewhere, the likes of Arkadiusz Milik, Hirving Lozano and Brazilian midfielder Allan Marques have also been linked with moves elsewhere. There is a growing sense that at least one or two of this players would most likely leave San Paolo this summer.

If Koulibaly leaves, who comes in for him? One name could be Gabriel Magalhaes. Napoli, Paris Saint Germain, and Everton are three names most interested in the Brazilian but, then again, he plays for Lille. Having given them perhaps their most profitable sale in years (Osimhen), it would make sense that Napoli would have an easier job convincing them to sell one more player than any other club.

Taking all of these into account, Aurelio De Laurentiis and company are setting themselves up for good and quality business this summer.

While the huge transfer fee may be an added pressure on the 21-year-old attacker, his capabilities are unarguably enormous and boundless, and if he finds the perfect environment to grow in Naples, his greatness may just have made its first lift.

In Gennaro Gattuso, Osimhen would have a manager who has shown his desire to have him on board, and Napoli fans can’t wait to have their man.

To cap it all off, the imminent signing of the Nigerian attacker would not just translate to a good buy but great business and hindsight from the club in general. A couple more decent signings and we could see the Azzurri ready to challenge once again for the Serie A next season.