Napoli boss reveals Osimhen clause and admits striker may leave

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has admitted that he cannot stop Victor Osimhen from leaving the club this summer because of a release clause. The star striker has been linked with a move away from the reigning Serie A champions for months now. The Nigeria international did quiet some of these rumors when he signed a contract extension in December.

In the deal, Napoli essentially extended Osimhen’s stay in Italy an additional year. His contract now does not expire with the club until the summer of 2026. Along with the extension, Osimhen also has a new release clause as well. Although exact figures have not yet been revealed, this stipulation is thought to be in the $130-$140 million range.

Napoli president says club is financially stable and does not need to sell stars

De Laurentiis made the comments during an appearance at the Financial Times‘ Business of Football Summit in London. Speaking with Sky Sports, the Napoli exec both confirmed the release clause and made the admission about Osimhen’s uncertain future.

“Victor is another good player that Napoli have,” stated De Laurentiis. “We had (Edinson) Cavani, (Gonzalo) Higuain, (Ezequiel) Lavezzi and we had (Dries) Mertens, we had a lot of people who were fantastic.”

“Osimhen is a very great player – but you know: Napoli is a fantastic place. There are certain players who fell in love with Napoli and stayed, like (Marek) Hamsik for 11 years. Or like others for eight years.”

“And there are others who are attracted by Real Madrid, by PSG, by Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea. So, you cannot stop them, especially when they have a fixed amount of money where they can be bought.”

The executive avoided revealing the release clause price but did claim that it was “a very big amount of money” for a player. De Laurentiis also asserted that Napoli is in a solid financial spot and does not necessarily need to sell their star.

“The money is the last problem…

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Author : Chris Moore

Publish date : 2024-02-29 20:34:13

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