Napoli: Aurelio De Laurentiis realistic about Osimhen’s future


By: Manu Tournoux

Star scorer for Napoli, Victor Osimhen has a good chance of leaving the Partenopei next summer. The Nigerian serial scorer (61 goals in 98 Serie A matches) is in fact in the sights of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and even Manchester United. Present at the Business of Football Summit organized by the Financial Times and held in London, Neapolitan president Aurelio De Laurentiis confided half-heartedly that it will be very difficult for him to retain his striker.

“He’s a great player, but you know: Naples is a great place, there are players who fell in love and stayed there, like Hamsik for 11 years. Or like others for eight years. And there are others who are attracted by Real Madrid, by PSG, by Arsenal, by Manchester City, by Chelsea. We therefore cannot retain them, especially when they have a release clause which allows them to be purchased. He has one. This is a very high amount (€130 million, editor’s note). Will he leave? We will see. Money is Napoli’s latest problem. We have always made good recruitments, as we have done in the past. We will do it again in the future. When you see a player leave, it’s like a son. You are happy even if this son has fantastic success everywhere”he confided.

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