The Victor Osimhen salary saga is finally coming to its conclusion, with the Nigerian star set to sign a new bumper deal with the Naples club.
The entire summer has been all about Napoli trying to stave off interest in the striker, who emerged as Capocannoniere in the 2022/23 season. Victor Osimhen has not been without suitors, as his name was on the lips of many, with several clubs, including Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester United, all interested in the Nigerian.
Even the Saudis were also in the mad chase for the prolific goal scorer. The Super Eagles star has remained focused and wants to continue at Napoli, but only on terms suitable to him.
The Osimhen salary has been the sticking point, among other issues. All the parties involved were keen to bring it to a favourable conclusion.
Osimhen salary saga coming to an end
In Europe, the clubs that can afford the transfer fee for Osimhen are probably no more than five. Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, PSG and Chelsea.
The media has been awash with interest of these clubs on the player, with reports rife of an impending move.
With the summer transfer window about to shut, it has become evident that Osimhen will remain in Napoli, barring another shot at a move by the Saudis. The Saudi Pro League transfer window closes in September.
There have been rumours concerning the size of what Osimhen wants and what Napoli is offering. However, all parties agreed on Osimhen remaining at the Diego Maradona Stadium for much longer.
Finally, the Osimhen salary saga can be put to bed.
Latest details about Victor Osimhen's contract
The Osimhen salary will make him the highest-paid player at Napoli. A contract has been drawn up, and all that is left is signatures to be appended to the deal.
The contract renewal of Victor Osimhen is ready, and the latest report is that he will earn around €12 million yearly. However, there is a clause in the deal.
Napoli are keen to avoid a hostile signing of their prized asset. They have included a couple of clauses that will make it arduous for any Italian or foreign side to sign him.
The delays to the conclusion of the deal were because of the details needed to finalize the deal. The contract includes an anti-Italian club clause. No Italian club can activate the release clause in the first year of his contract, which stands at €150 million (£129m/$164m).
Napoli fears that if Juventus gets into the Champions League, they will have the financial might to sign the Nigerian star.
The deal also sees Napoli tripling Osimhen’s bonuses. Osimhen will earn around €400,000 if he reaches 20 goals and assists or more.
Europe’s elite on alert
Le réal qui pose 150m sur Osimhen en panic Buy et le Bayern qui ce pointe en 2024 pour Mbappé
Le plan est en marche pic.twitter.com/pG6CE4kPHf
— Fcb_Naruto (#MbappeToBayern) (@FCB_Naruto) August 21, 2023
With the Osimhen salary saga close to its end, European clubs now know what it will take to snatch the Nigerian star from the Partenopei.
It will cost no less than €150 million to prise him away from Napoli. Real Madrid, Manchester United, and PSG are all searching for a top striker, but it would take at least a season to get their man.
This article was most recently revised and updated 1 month ago