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PSG reignite interest in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen

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Reports from Italy suggest that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have renewed their pursuit to sign Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen from Napoli.

Amid strong interest from Premier League clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal, PSG are looking to secure a striker to replace Kylian Mbappe, who has departed for Real Madrid.

Osimhen is one of the most sought-after players in the transfer market, thanks to his consistent performances for Napoli. He is currently on vacation in Nigeria.

PSG’s interest in the Nigerian striker is driven by their need to find a replacement for Mbappe. An agreement has reportedly been reached with Osimhen, signalling his imminent move to Parc des Princes.

The 25-year-old striker, who signed a new contract with Napoli in December 2023 with a €130 million release clause, is poised to bid farewell to the Italian club this summer.

Reports indicate that PSG has agreed to meet this hefty release clause to secure Osimhen’s services.
According to Area Napoli, Osimhen is highly regarded by PSG’s management, including Luis Enrique and Luis Campos.

“Victor Osimhen’s future could pass through PSG,” stated Corriere dello Sport.

“The French club has not yet acquired a worthy successor to Mbappe. Luis Enrique needs goals, lots of them, to replace Mbappe. The two centre-forwards in the squad, Gonçalo Ramos and Kolo Muani, do not entirely convince him.”

Since his move from LOSC Lille to Napoli in September 2020 for €75 million, the former Lili striker has established himself as one of the standout performers in Serie A, showcasing his immense potential and becoming a key figure for Napoli.

Osimhen has registered 76 goals and 18 assists in 133 appearances for Napoli. He was instrumental in their Scudetto triumph two seasons ago, netting 26 goals and winning the Capocannoniere, becoming the first African player to achieve this feat.

Clubs like Real Madrid, PSG, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Al Hilal have all been linked with the Super Eagles forward. However, Napoli has held out for this summer’s transfer window.