Osimhen: Chelsea Left Out As PSG, Napoli Nearing €120m Deal

Napoli’s striker, Victor Osimhen, is said to be on the brink of a major transfer to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), with a rumored price tag of €120 million.

This agreement delivers a considerable setback to Chelsea’s plans of securing the Nigerian international to alleviate their striker troubles for the upcoming season.

Numerous leading European clubs had expressed interest in acquiring the talents of the Super Eagles’ striker during this summer transfer window.

Sources from Italian outlet Il Mattino suggest that negotiations between Napoli and PSG have moved forward significantly, indicating an advanced stage in talks.

PSG is leaving no stone unturned in their endeavor to outpace competitors such as Chelsea in their pursuit of Osimhen’s signature. The French titans are reportedly ready to trigger Osimhen’s €120 million release clause and present him with an enticing four-year contract worth €13 million (£11m/$14m) annually.

Read also: Osimhen Signs Contract Extension with Napoli Till 2026

Chelsea’s financial constraints and the pressing need to adhere to the Premier League’s Profit & Sustainability Regulations (PSR) have led them to withdraw from the race for Osimhen’s signature.

Following Kylian Mbappe’s announcement of his intention to leave the club in the summer, Osimhen has emerged as one of the key contenders to succeed the Frenchman.

Despite committing to a contract extension until 2026 in December, the Nigeria international, instrumental in leading the Super Eagles to the Africa Cup of Nations final, continues to attract significant interest from potential suitors.

Reportedly, Osimhen, aged 25, has a £112 million release clause embedded in his fresh contract, an amount PSG is said to be prepared to activate unless the weighty salary demands of Mbappe strain their financial resources.

The Napoli forward has evolved into one of Europe’s most prolific strikers in recent years, building on his impressive record of 26 goals in 32 Serie A outings last season with seven goals in 13 matches this season.

Africa Today News, New York

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