Napoli To Increase Osimhen’s Salary To Ward Off Interest From Chelsea, Others

Seria A champions, Napoli, have agreed to an upward review in the salary of in-form striker, Victor Osimhen, to ward off interest from top European clubs.

Napoli To Increase Osimhen's Salary To Ward Off Interest From Chelsea, Others
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Although Osimhen failed to score in Napoli’s 2-0 loss at Monza on Sunday, the new salary regime means the Super Eagles forward will get a pay rise and become one of the highest wage earners in the Naples’ side.

According to soccernet .com, the development is a major blow to Chelsea, the latest suitor in the struggle for Osimhen’s signature in the summer transfer window.

Chelsea were reported to have made their first move to secure Osimhen’s services, proposing a player-plus-cash deal before Napoli.

However, Napoli whose valuation of the Nigerian international at a staggering €150 million, are believed to have resisted whatever Chelsea have put forward. The Italian topflight league champions are desirous of retaining their prized asset in their bid to defend their Scudetto title and mount a strong challenge in the Champions League next season.

Club President, Aurelio De Laurentiis, is keen on holding onto the prolific forward, and his renowned negotiating skills may come into play during discussions.

Reports in the weekend edition of La Repubblica (as per Tutto Napoli) suggest that Napoli are considering a Cavani-style arrangement to retain Osimhen for another season.

The proposed formula involves offering the striker a substantial increase in salary and the promise of a future transfer at the end of next season.

This approach would deviate from Napoli’s usual salary structure, which is capped at €3.5 million net. Osimhen’s exceptional performances and potential have prompted Napoli to consider this exception to their wage policy.

However, while Napoli are keen to retain Osimhen, they acknowledge the possibility of a significant offer arriving.

In such a scenario, the club would have to evaluate their options and potentially consider a lucrative transfer. With their valuation of Osimhen set at a lofty €150 million, it would require an extraordinary bid to persuade Napoli to part ways with their prized asset.

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