Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed that Victor Osimhen is set to leave the club this summer.
The Nigerian striker is currently one of the most sought-after stars in world football after guiding the Naples-based side to their first Serie A title in 30 years last season.
During this campaign, Osimhen has scored 31 goals for Napoli, a total he has followed up with eight in 18 appearances this season.
Having signed a new contract last month, the striker’s deal reportedly includes a release clause worth £112million, paving the way for a potential summer exit.
Speaking about Osimhen’s future, the Napoli president said: “It (Osimhen’s departure) was already known since this summer, our negotiations (on the new contract) were friendly, otherwise it would not have happened. been this long.”
De Laurentiis then added: “We knew he would go to Real Madrid, PSG or a big English club.”
The 25-year-old has rarely made headlines in recent months, with Arsenal and Chelsea among the Premier League clubs linked with a move for him.
Osimhen also hinted at what the future might hold for him in an interview last week.
Speaking to CBS Sports, Osimhen said: “I have already made my decision on what to do next at the end of the season.
“The Premier League is one of the biggest championships in the world.
“I want to finish the season with Napoli strong and then make the decision I have already made.”
Napoli are having a disappointing season and are currently in ninth position in Serie A.
But with just three points between them and fourth place – not to mention a Champions League round of 16 clash with Barcelona coming up – Osimhen will be keen to leave Napoli on a high.
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