SSC Napoli has extended the contract of Victor Osimhen, the most expensive African footballer, until 2026, raising speculations about the club’s strategic moves in the upcoming summer transfer window.
The announcement, made on Napoli’s social networks on Saturday, marks a pivotal development in Serie A’s main transfer saga of the past year. While the extension secures Osimhen’s presence in Naples for the remainder of the season, it introduces a notable clause that has football enthusiasts buzzing.
The contract includes a buyout clause set to activate in the summer of 2024. According to the clause, any European club, excluding Italian ones, can acquire the prolific striker by meeting a hefty price tag of approximately €120 million. This figure surpasses Osimhen’s current market value, evaluated at €110 million by Transfermarkt.
The lingering question remains unanswered: Where will Osimhen find himself at the end of the season? While the new contract hints at a potential departure, the improved financial terms offered by Napoli might sway the player’s decision to stay. With an annual income of around 10 million euros, Osimhen is unlikely to entertain a salary reduction should he move to another club, posing a significant hurdle in potential negotiations.
As the football world eagerly anticipates the summer transfer window, it remains to be seen whether Napoli’s bold move to secure Osimhen’s future will pave the way for an exciting transfer saga or if the Nigerian forward will continue donning the Napoli jersey beyond the current season.