In the subsequent winter transfer window in January, the president increased the fee to €150m, while emphasizing that Osimhen would not be leaving the club mid-season.
Napoli, the winners of Serie A, have established an initial price of €180m for Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen in the upcoming summer transfer window, Waffi TV reports. This marks the third time that the club president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has raised the asking price for their star forward.
During the 2022 summer transfer window, Napoli initially set Osimhen’s valuation at €120m. In the subsequent winter transfer window in January, the president increased the fee to €150m, while emphasizing that Osimhen would not be leaving the club mid-season.
As the transfer speculation intensifies, various clubs including PSG, Manchester United, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich have reportedly expressed interest in signing the Nigerian international. French publication Le Parisien states that the transfer fee has now been set at €180m for the upcoming 2023/24 summer window.
Osimhen has become a primary target for Manchester United this summer, with club legends such as Rio Ferdinand urging the 20-time EPL champions to secure his signature after his impressive performances for Napoli, which contributed to their first league title in 33 years last season.
The 24-year-old striker had a remarkable campaign with Napoli, scoring 31 goals and providing five assists in just 39 appearances across all competitions.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is in dire need of a new striker for the next season, given Anthony Martial’s fitness issues and Wout Weghorst’s return to Burnley.
De Laurentiis disclosed that Osimhen has already agreed to a contract extension with Napoli, stating, “We have already had discussions with Osimhen before celebrating the Scudetto, so we have a preliminary agreement on extending his contract for two years.”
He further added, “I have been saying for a while that Osimhen needs to stay. However, if an offer comes in that I cannot refuse in the best interest of Napoli, then we would consider it, as is only natural.”