Osimhen transfer: Napoli willing to let Nigerian star go on the cheap

Former Serie A champions Napoli have reportedly decided to lower the asking price for their star striker, Nigerian international Victor Osimhen.

The striker is regarded as one of Europe's top talents, particularly following his impressive tally of 31 goals and five assists for Napoli during the 2022/23 season—a remarkable campaign that ended with the club clinching their first Scudetto since 1990.

Although his performance in the 2023/24 season was not as stellar, due in part to a hamstring injury and his participation in the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with Nigeria, Osimhen still achieved 17 goals and four assists in 32 appearances.

The 25-year-old is looking for a move away from Serie A but Napoli’s initial €130m release clause has warned off any potential suitors.

According to Italian journalist Daniel Longo, as reported by Calciomercato, the Napoli hierarchy have resolved to reduce the asking price for the Nigerian international to €100 million.

Napoli's transfer business hinges on Victor Osimhen sale

The Partenopei's summer transfer business hinges on the sale of Victor Osimhen, as the club seeks to generate funds to support new manager Antonio Conte's plans.

The Napoli hierarchy has decided to lower their asking price for the Nigerian international, aiming to attract potential buyers and expedite the transfer process. This move is essential for freeing up the financial resources needed to pursue top targets.

Conte, eager to reshape the squad, has identified Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku as a primary acquisition and an ideal replacement for the Nigerian forward.

The sale of Osimhen is seen as the key to securing Lukaku, with the funds from the transfer of the 2022/23 capocannoniere providing the necessary budget for this high-profile signing.

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Osimhen has, in recent months, been linked with moves to English Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United, as well as French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Saudi Arabian club Al-Ahli.

However, Osimhen has never hidden his admiration and preference for the Premier League.

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