PSG's pursuit of a proficient no. 9 this summer has led them to consider multiple options with different skill sets and talent levels. One of them, perhaps the best of all tracked players, is Nigeria international and Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, whose club has now tagged at a rather interesting price.
After a lackluster season for their forward line, most precisely for those playing in the striker position, PSG have been trying to find an optimal addition to bolster their attack this summer.
Getting a young talent like Hugo Ekitike on loan last season (now acquired and under a full-time deal) was a promising acquisition and a high-upside move. The problem is that it was more geared toward the future than the present, which ended up hurting PSG.
This summer, names such as those of Randal Kolo Muani, Harry Kane, and Osimhen have been mentioned as potential options, all of them offering huge upgrades over the aforementioned Ekitike. However, PSG are going to find it tough to add any of those players without ponying up a hefty fee in order to land them.
Speaking of Osimhen, it must be said that the Nigeria international was absolutely unstoppable in Italy last season while pushing Napoli to their first Serie A title since Diego Maradona played for the club. Osimhen scored 31 goals and provided 5 assists in 39 matches in all competitions.
It makes sense to find the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, and PSG linked to the striker considering his exploits. Napoli are not dumb nor unaware of the interest from those clubs in the player, so they have taken the bull by the horns and assigned their coveted forward an outrageous and nonsensical price.
According to Le Parisien, Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, has set an exorbitant price tag of at least €180m for whoever wants his forward. That's cool, and De Laurentiis is a free man of this world with the right to assign the price he wants to Osimhen, but that's also a silly price no one will reasonably pay.
The Parisian club's leadership has been wary of engaging in inflated transfer negotiations since the 2022 summer transfer window in order to comply with the Financial Fair Play restrictions. But even if they could expend all the money they wanted, it'd make little sense to pay such a humongous fee for one single good-not-great player.
Despite having a larger budget this year, PSG is unlikely to commit such a substantial sum solely for Osimhen, reported Le Parisien. Unless Osimhen demands a trade or Napoli come back to their senses, you can forget to see the Nigeria international moving places, let alone arriving in Paris this summer.