Psg, Osimhen on pole to replace Mbappé. But the Premier tries Victor

The Nigerian will leave Naples: 130 million clause. He dreams of England, but Paris has his charm…

Vincenzo D’Angelo

The hit Osimhen risks not being just a hit of the summer. The news of Mbappé’s farewell to PSG officially opened – and well in advance – the race for his successor and the name of Napoli’s Nigerian striker is obviously on president Nasser Al Khelaifi’s list, and also in a prestigious position. After all, there are few center forwards like this around the world and Osimhen comes from a season that has consecrated him at world level: eighth place in the Ballon d’Or rankings, top scorer in Serie A and best striker in the Italian championship, Pallone of African gold and the status of decisive player also recognized on Champions League nights.


In short, PSG would be on the safe side with Osimhen, especially since the Nigerian player’s adventure in Naples is in the final headlines, as openly admitted by all parties involved: «Osimhen will leave in the summer: Real Madrid are after him Madrid, PSG and the Premier League…” admitted the Italian president Aurelio De Laurentiis a few weeks ago, implicitly confirming that among the offers received last summer for the striker there was also one from the French champions. Who ultimately decided to focus on Kolo Muani, a national teammate and friend of Mbappé, pouring around 95 million euros into Eintracht’s coffers. If PSG decides to sink, there is no price that matters: the purchases of Mbappé and Neymar before the pharaonic hiring of Messi are there to prove it.

the clause

And then it certainly won’t scare the release clause that Osimhen and his entourage managed to extract from Napoli during the renewal: 130 million euros, obviously to be paid in a single solution, as per the regulations. Victor is the highest paid player in the history of Napoli, but those 10 million net that he receives in blue – and which weigh enormously on the club’s budget – would have a negligible weight for PSG’s coffers. The problem, if anything, would be of a technical-tactical nature: Victor is a true center forward, a penalty area man who loves to launch himself into spaces in the open field. By focusing on him, Luis Enrique should review some things about his team (without Mbappé), changing the way of attacking and filling the area. But these are secondary problems: if PSG were to decide to focus on Osimhen, it is difficult to think that the deal will not go through, even if it is not all so obvious.


The crux, in fact, could be represented by Victor’s desire to land in England: the Premier League has always been Osimhen’s great goal and there is no shortage of admirers across the Channel too. To be honest, in Victor’s mind, Chelsea would have a preferential lane, also because that’s where his idol Drogba played. The problem is that Chelsea today (and perhaps also next summer) cannot guarantee the Nigerian the Champions League, something that he could instead find at Arsenal, another club ready to sign up for the sprint for the blue 9. Napoli, meanwhile, is waiting for signs and in the meantime hopes that Victor can give the team a jolt in the race for fourth place in Serie A. Al Khelaifi and De Laurentiis have always had good relations: a phone call between friends would be enough to find an agreement. Victor permitting.