Unfortunately, the latest developments provide a rather grim update. The Nigerian striker's journey in Italy has been nothing short of a rollercoaster, marked by flashes of brilliance on the pitch, contractual negotiations, and a recent setback due to injury.
Osimhen's return to Italy and Napoli's Champions League clash
Osimhen's return to Italy came after a couple of weeks spent in Nigeria, where he was attending to a personal matter, one that has cast a shadow on his professional life.
His absence from the Partenopei's last five consecutive matches raised questions and concerns among fans and pundits alike.
The 24-year-old striker had been dealing with a hamstring muscle injury sustained during Nigeria's friendly match against Saudi Arabia on October 13, adding to the challenges Napoli was facing.
However, his recent return to Italy brings a glimmer of hope for the team.
As the Super Eagles forward landed in the Campania capital, his presence was eagerly awaited by fans, but he wasn't donning the Napoli jersey just yet.
Instead, he was in the stands to watch his team in a crucial Champions League clash with Union Berlin.
The match unfolded at the iconic Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, and it was a pivotal moment in Napoli's European campaign.
As the game kicked off at 17.45 GMT, Napoli found themselves in a commendable position in their Champions League group, standing second with six points, trailing behind Real Madrid with nine.
Braga occupied the third spot with three points, while Union Berlin was still searching for their first point.
Union Berlin's recent form had been nothing short of dismal, with an astonishing 12 consecutive defeats in all competitions.
However, as any football aficionado knows, statistics can be misleading, and Mauro Meluso, Napoli's sporting director, wasn't taking anything for granted.
Speaking about the game, Meluso emphasized the need to approach every match with the right intensity and respect.
He acknowledged that Union Berlin had already caused Napoli problems in the reverse fixture, underscoring the competitive nature of European football.
It was Giacomo Raspadori who scored the sole goal in the previous encounter between the two teams in Berlin, and the young Italian international was given the nod to start once again in this crucial Champions League fixture.
Meluso commended Raspadori's qualities and the club's long-term vision in investing in the talented player.
It's clear that Raspadori's rise has filled Napoli with pride, but there's a looming question about what will happen when last season's Capocannoniere, Victor Osimhen, returns to the squad.
Napoli's Osimhen: A contract conundrum amidst return and recovery
Osimhen's absence from the pitch has not only been a source of concern but has also amplified the ongoing contract negotiations between the player and Napoli.
The situation has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the club, with President Aurelio De Laurentiis keen to resolve the matter.
The sporting director provided an update on Osimhen's condition, mentioning that the medical team would evaluate him to determine when he would be fit to return to the field.
Initially, it was predicted that the recovery period would be five or six weeks after the injury was sustained.
However, the absence and uncertainty surrounding Osimhen's contract negotiations continue to be pressing issues for Napoli.
Meluso acknowledged that discussions about the contract had been ongoing for months, emphasizing the need to move forward on the right path.
“Osimhen is back. The medics will evaluate him tomorrow to see when he will be back on the field, it was predicted to be five or six weeks out when he first suffered the injury,” He stated.
“We have been talking about his contract for months, so even if the negotiations are getting on a bit, we will continue along the right path to take.”
In the background, a subtle tug-of-war plays out concerning the terms of Osimhen's new contract. The striker's agent, Roberto Calenda, has made it clear that he's not interested in another meeting with De Laurentiis until it becomes evident that his client's demands will be met.
For Napoli and its fans, the hope is that Osimhen's return to the field will mark the beginning of a new chapter that combines his exceptional talent with a resolution to the contract conundrum.
The club anticipates having him back in action after the November international break, but until then, the contract negotiations will continue to loom large, adding an air of uncertainty to the promising future of the talented striker at Napoli.
This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago