Napoli patron Aurelio De Laurentiis jumped the gun a little when he claimed that they were about to shake hands with Victor Osimhen, as the parties were still negotiating. However, a recent meeting certified the steady progress in the talks, Gianluca DI Marzio informs.

It was the first proper sit-down since the summer, when the agreement seemed close. Though, things went backward and stayed quiet until November.

If all goes as planned, Osimhen will receive a strong pay hike, while Napoli will get a steep release clause as they wish. It would eventually make his departure very profitable. The sum should be €130/140M, the transfer market expert relays. The striker never meant to hurt the team by fleeing for a discounted price tag.

The Nigerian star would add one year to his current, bringing the expiry date from 2025 to 2026. The Partenopei brass and his agent Roberto Calenda could convene again in short order to put the finishing touches.

Our Take on Napoli and Osimhen

The Azzurri must be fearing incoming large January bids if they accelerated now and didn’t wait till the spring. Or perhaps they want to improve the vibes within the club after their subpar start. If the details were confirmed, the main issue would be that the new contract isn’t long-term. If he stays next summer, they’ll have to do the whole song and dance again in a year.

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