Serie A leaders Napoli could demand a massive €150 million to let Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) target Victor Osimhen leave in the summer.
According to Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Le10Sport), Napoli do not need to lighten their wage bill this summer, making any potential transfer unnecessary. Furthermore, Napoli have plans to extend the sharpshooter’s contract. That means Napoli will only allow Osimhen to leave if an unimaginable offer comes along.
It has been claimed that an offer in the region of €150-160 million could persuade the Serie A giants to part ways with the Nigerian. As per Le10Sport, the Parisians want to build their project around Kylian Mbappe, meaning Lionel Messi and Neymar are likely to depart in the summer. If that’s the case, they’re likely to bring in a striker to play alongside Mbappe, and Osimhen has emerged as a priority.
PSG sporting director Luis Campos, who recruited Osimhen at Lille in 2019, is on the case. Campos reportedly maintains a good relationship with Napoli, which helped him bring in Fabian Ruiz last summer. However, sweet talk is unlikely to crack the Osimhen deal. The Partenopei are solely interested in money, meaning only the highest bidder would prevail.
Osimhen has been firing on all cylinders for Napoli this season, bagging 25 goals and five assists in 29 games this season across competitions. His deal with Napoli expires in June 2025.
PSG fans boo Lionel Messi ahead of Ligue 1 defeat to Lyon
Home fans booed seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi when his name was announced in the line-up to face Lyon at the Parc des Princes on Sunday (02 April). It was the second time the Argentina icon found himself at the receiving end of loud jeers in Paris. He was also booed in the 2-0 defeat to Rennes last month.
PSG fans’ frustration grew as their team failed to make things happen against Lyon, succumbing to a narrow 1-0 defeat. It marked their second consecutive Ligue 1 defeat at the Parc des Princes.
Parisians fans’ disdain towards Messi has been audible since he failed to produce anything of note in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich. Christophe Galtier’s side fell to a 3-0 aggregate defeat to endure their second straight Round of 16 exit.
Messi’s PSG contract expires in June, but he’s yet to agree an extension. Furthermore, he’s reportedly in talks with Barcelona over a possible return to the Camp Nou in the summer.