Napoli’s Osimhen replacement plan takes shape amid renewal uncertainty

Napoli’s Osimhen replacement plan takes shape amid renewal uncertainty
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In the world of football, the intricacies of player transfers and contract renewals often unfold like a suspenseful drama, and the situation surrounding Victor Osimhen‘s renewal with Napoli is no exception.

Week after week, the saga seems to take on new complexities, leaving fans and pundits alike on the edge of their seats.

Osimhen, who had previously expressed his contentment in Naples, shared,

“I feel very comfortable in Naples: scoring is always an emotion, doing it at the Maradona even more so.”

These words brought solace to the hearts of Napoli supporters, who have witnessed the Nigerian striker's prowess on the pitch.

His 31 goals across all competitions played a pivotal role in helping Napoli secure their first league title in over three decades.

However, the situation is far from straightforward. Last summer's transfer market freeze has cast a shadow over the future of the Italian champion club.

New evaluations are in order, and the club is now faced with a crucial decision regarding Osimhen's contract renewal.

Napoli eyes Osimhen's successor amid renewal uncertainty

Santiago Gimenez of Feyenoord during the Dutch Eredivisie
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With the renewal process becoming increasingly intricate, Napoli has begun to explore alternative options.

One name that has surfaced prominently in their quest for a formidable replacement is Santiago Gimenez from Feyenoord.

The Mexican international has not only made waves in the Eredivisie but has also attracted attention from European giants such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Arsenal.

Valued at an impressive €40 million by Feyenoord, Gimenez is considered a prime candidate to step into the considerable shoes left by Victor Osimhen.

Santiago Gimenez's track record is indeed impressive, with 15 goals and three assists in just 11 appearances this season for the Dutch side.

His prolific scoring ability and all-around skills make him a top prospect for Napoli's future striking force.

Osimhen, on the other hand, has been faced with an unusual situation recently when a video was posted from Napoli's official social media accounts that left fans and pundits scratching their heads.

Despite such peculiar occurrences, Osimhen remains a crucial asset for the team, albeit with less than two years left on his current contract.

Comparing Victor Osimhen and Santiago Gimenez stats

Player Appearances Goals Assists
Victor Osimhen 201 103 25
Santiago Gimenez 217 81 17

As the renewal saga unfolds and the quest for a worthy successor intensifies, the future of Napoli's striking department hangs in the balance.

Will Victor Osimhen extend his stay in Naples, or will the club turn to the rising star Santiago Gimenez to lead their attack?

Only time will tell as the drama continues to play out in the ever-enticing world of football transfers.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Rababe Koussaimi, a 22-year-old journalist, is deeply passionate about the world of sports. She grew up in a footballing environment, supporting both Bayern Munich and Wydad Athletic Club. She began her English journalism career by hosting a podcast for the first English radio station in Morocco. Currently, the Moroccan journalist channels her enthusiasm into writing and conducting extensive research, creating insightful and engaging content for GoalBall Live readers.