Napoli star striker Victor Osimhen has been on the verge of extending his stay with Napoli after contract talks between his agent Roberto Calenda and the club's management yielded positive results as earlier reported.
Osimhen is due to sign a contract extension which will see the Nigerian pocket €10 million annually to make him the highest earning player in the history of Napoli.
The deal also included a €130 million release clause, showcasing how much the African Footballer of the Year will most likely cost potential suitors in the coming transfer window should he decide to leave.
However, the long awaited news of extension is yet to see the light of day as fans are still in the dark as to why Osimhen has not extended his deal.
Speaking to Corriere dello Sport on Friday morning, club president Aurelio De Laurentiis talked about the club's future and the need to strengthen the squad.
“At least three operations. I have to strengthen the defense with a central defender and a right back, to have backup for Giovanni Di Lorenzo. And then get a midfielder, maybe two”, said De Laurentiis.
De Laurentiis reveals reason for Osimhen's contract delay
The president also had his say on Osimhen's contract talks when asked if he would sign.
“He [Osimhen] promised two or three times that he would sign, but we're still waiting”.
“I've said it and I'll say it again: we're on the home stretch”, De Laurentiis added.
Osimhen who was voted the Serie A Player of the Year for last season continues to draw transfer speculation because of his lingering contract extension.
Nonetheless, it is generally believed that the 24-year-old will indeed extend his stay in Naples.
Since his comeback from a hamstring injury that laid him off for two months, the Super Eagles player has scored twice for Napoli to take his tally to eight goals this season.
Osimhen is expected to lead the line on Saturday as Roma host Napoli at the Stadio Olimpico in the Serie A.
A win for Walter Mazzarri's side could see them move into the top four if Fiorentina and Bologna drop valuable points in their own fixtures.
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