With his recent comments, Aurelio De Laurentiis has dealt a transfer blow to top European clubs interested in Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen scored for the Paretenopei in the 1-1 draw against Udinese, confirming their status as Italian Serie A champions for the 2022/23 season.
The goal was his 22nd in the league and 27th in all competitions this season, earning him a seat at the table with some African legends, including Samuel Eto’o and George Weah.
According to Goals four clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Manchester United, are interested in poaching the forward for next season.
De Laurentiis issues Osimhen update
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is a reputable tough negotiator at the transfer table who makes his stance clear, which makes his recent comments one that clubs should fear.
The striker also spoke on his future after their status as champions was confirmed on Thursday and was only interested in partying for now.
Multiple reports in the English and Italian media suggest De Laurentiis will only listen to an offer in the region of €150m for the forward despite claiming he would not sell and is only trying to instigate a battle that will drive the price up.
Osimhen breaks Eto’o record
Victor Osimhen’s goal that delivered the league title to Napoli was also a record-matching and record-breaking goal for the Nigerian striker.
Osimhen broke Eto’o Serie A record for most goals by an African in a single season, as reported by Sports Brief. He also matched George Weah’s record of most goals by an African in Italy.
With five games left this season, he could cement his status as the best African to play in the Italian top-flight division.