Napoli got rid of Torino last weekend before going into the international break with the Serie A title nearly in their bag. After such a strong season by a middle-class team, there are going to be sales and players exiting the Italian side starting next summer. One of their main players has been identified by PSG as a number-one target.
Nigeria international Victor Osimhen has made the rounds all year long because of his extraordinary season at Napoli, and now the striker has also entered the transfer files of PSG, at least when it comes to rumors of potential arrivals in the capital next summer.
Napoli have a reasonable path toward the Champions League final, facing fellow Italians AC Milan in the quarter-finals and then going against the winner of the Benfica-Inter clash if they qualify.
Obviously, that would mean a brighter scenario for Osimhen to showcase his talents making things harder for PSG to sign him in July. On the other hand, it would also serve the purpose of validating his quality at the highest-stakes games played on the continent.
A former Ligue 1 product, Victor Osimhen could return to France to play at PSG
Aged only 24 and with Ligue 1 experience (he played for Lille before moving to Serie A), the Nigerian striker is having his best season as a pro this year. He has scored 25 goals and also assisted 5 of his Napoli teammates' goals through the ongoing international break. He has done so in 29 matches, while also ranking as the top goalscorer of Italy's top-flight division.
Osimhen is under contract at Napoli until 2025, so the Italian organization is under no real pressure of selling him. Of course, if the striker wins the Serie A this season and reaches the final of the Champions League, there will be little left for him to do at Napoli considering how difficult it'll be for the Serie A team to reach those highs once more in future seasons. That, in turn, could make Osimhen think about requesting a trade.
Speaking to the media recently, the striker was quoted saying that he "doesn't know what the future holds" for him, although he thinks he is "on the right track."
Osimhen revealed that he "will meet with his agents and discuss everything" at the end of the season, adding that he "will also negotiate with the club," clearly indicating that an exit could be right around the corner.
Osimhen favors a move to the Premier League but PSG make for an appealing alternative
Paris Saint-Germain is active behind the scenes and tracking the player's present and future at or away from Napoli, according to Foot Mercato. Osimhen has the profile of an attacker capable of playing in depth, which is exactly what PSG lack, even more in the games in which Kylian Mbappe is not available or not performing at the peak of his talents.
The outlet revealed on Tuesday that Luis Campos "has planned to meet the player's agents during this international break." According to Foot Mercato, Campos "knows them very well" and "discussions are well underway with them." There are problems to be solved and questions yet to be answered when this comes to this transfer, though.
Napoli is expected "to be very greedy" in terms of their transfer demands for Osimhen, with the Italian club's fee request quoted at around €150m for their star, who was already valued and bought for €80m as recently as 2020. That'd be an absolute deal-breaker type of price for a struggling PSG, which is navigating Financial Fair Play issues these days.
Foot Mercato also mentions Manchester United as a potential suitor with a much more powerful economic muscle after the club completes a takeover next summer whether that's by INEOS or Qatar investors. Man Utd might move onto other targets such as Harry Kane or Randal Kolo Muani, though, opening PSG the door to try and land Osimhen.
Chelsea have also shown interest in the Nigeria international and seem to also be in the running, although they are believed to be "in a weaker position."
Osimhen "will not make any choice before the end of the season," reports Foot Mercato. He has yet to decide if he even wants to stay in Italy and at Napoli, although that'd be linked to signing a new, more lucrrative deal with the upcoming Serie A champions.
If he leaves Napoli, though, the player "knows that a transfer to PSG would make a future in the Premier League complicated" in the short term, which has always been Osimhen's first option and "dream" objective for the future of his career.
Foot Mercato wraps up their note saying that Napoli are "in a strong position" with the Serie A title nearly clinched and already part of the top-8 UCL teams. That means Napoli and their owner Aurelio De Laurentiis will definitely not be gifting Osimhen away.