PSG finds Kylian Mbappe's successor, but signing him won't be easy

Following the news of Kylian Mbappe's exit, PSG's management will be proactive in seeking a successor.
Following the news of Kylian Mbappe's exit, PSG's management will be proactive in seeking a successor. / Ciancaphoto Studio/GettyImages

With the announcement of Kylian Mbappe's departure, PSG's leaders will be active in finding a replacement.

In this context, several players are linked to the Parisian club, but it's the name of Victor Osimhen that comes up persistently. It's a path that will be costly for Paris Saint-Germain.

The saga of replacing Kylian Mbappe will undoubtedly be a major focus for PSG. Besides the sporting aspect, having a prominent figure is crucial for the club's project.

Players like Mohamed Salah, Rafael Leao, or Victor Osimhen are linked to Paris Saint-Germain. According to recent reports, the Nigerian forward dreams of wearing the Rouge & Bleu jersey next season and filling the void left by Kylian Mbappe.

While the interest seems mutual, the operation won't be straightforward for PSG's leaders. In fact, according to our Italian colleagues at Corriere dello Sport, the release clause associated with Victor Osimhen's contract with Napoli stands at €130 million.

Despite the player's desire to leave, Napoli's president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, remains steadfast and insists on receiving such an amount.

Intransigence and tough competition for PSG

Apart from the inflexibility of the current eighth-place Serie A president, PSG could face stiff competition. According to Corriere dello Sport, three contenders are emerging in the Premier League: Chelsea, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

Although Luis Campos wishes to work with Victor Osimhen again, PSG's sports advisor must be persuasive in convincing Aurelio De Laurentiis to release Victor Osimhen from his last two years of contract with Napoli.

Let’s be clear, last year if we thought about Goncalo Ramos from Benfica, who shone even in the World Cup, and on the other hand, we thought about Victor Osimhen, we thought about two footballers almost equally talented, with almost the same potential to become football superstars.

And now that Ramos is at PSG, these rumors linking the Parisian team with multiple players in offensive positions emerge. It’s understandable, we get the marketing aspect, selling jerseys, increasing media reach to keep finances healthy regardless of sporting performance, and at the same time balancing it with the sporting aspect, we understand that.

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But paying €130 million when you already paid €80 million for a very young player with undoubtedly the potential to become the best center forward in the world? We have our doubts.