Victor Osimhen: Super Eagles Icon, Peter Ijeh Offers Advice to Napoli Star Amid PSG Interest

Victor Osimhen: Super Eagles Icon, Peter Ijeh Offers Advice to Napoli Star Amid PSG Interest

Ero Samson
updated at February 20, 2024 at 6:19 PM
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  • The future of Victor Osimhen has been a subject of discussion following Kylian Mbappe's announcement
  • The Nigerian forward has been tipped to replace the departing Paris Saint-Germain star at the French club
  • A legend of the Super Eagles of Nigeria has offered advice to the marquee forward amid PSG's interest

The future of Victor Osimhen has become a widely discussed topic recently, particularly with the reports of Kylian Mbappe's potential departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the 2023-24 season, adding fuel to speculations about the forward's potential departure from Napoli.

The prolific goal-scorer is being heavily touted as Mbappe's replacement in Luis Enrique's team, thanks to his impressive form since bursting onto the scenes.

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Victor Osimhen during the Serie A TIM match between AS Roma and SSC Napoli at Stadio Olimpico. Image: Ivan Romano.
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However, it's worth noting that PSG is not the only club interested in the Nigerian forward. Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United have also been linked with his signing.

Napoli's president, Aurelio De Laurentis, has expressed his willingness to sell Osimhen, but only for a fee that reflects the striker's exceptional goal-scoring ability.

However, amidst this endless flurry of speculations the future of the striker has continued to generate, former Nigerian forward, Peter Ijeh, has offered some advice to Osimhen regarding his future.

Ijeh on Osimhen's future

In a discussion with Sports Brief, the former Copenhagen star was asked for his candid advice regarding Victor Osimhen's future. He emphasised the importance of the forward joining a club that aligns with his style of play.

"I believe Napoli's dynamic and style of play suit Victor Osimhen very well. If he decides to leave, he should consider a team that plays possession-based football; otherwise, his playing style might suffer.
Considering Chelsea's history with African players, that could be an option for him as well. Alternatively, he could leverage the transfer speculation to increase his market value and potentially enhance the fee Napoli could receive from his sale.
However, if he feels comfortable in Naples, he should stay. But if another club can match his market value, then a move could be an option."

When asked if he had a specific club in mind for Osimhen to join, the 46-year-old gave a diplomatic response, suggesting that rumours of Osimhen leaving Napoli might just be a tactic to negotiate a better contract.

The 46-year-old likened Osimhen's situation to Lionel Messi's departure from Barcelona after spending over 15 years with the club, noting that moving to the English Premier League or La Liga would pose a significant challenge to the forward who had found a place of comfort in Napoli.

These sentiments echo some shared by a few stakeholders in Nigerian football who remain sceptical about Osimhen leaving Naples, where he has built a reputation, especially considering the likely option appears to be a return to the French Ligue 1, which ranks lower on the UEFA club coefficient compared to the Spanish league or the Premier League.

While it's uncertain whether the 25-year-old will join a Ligue 1 giant, Osimhen's future is certainly a topic to watch during the upcoming summer transfer window.

Osimhen, others top AFCON dirtiest players list

In another report, Sports Brief stated Osimhen was on the AFCON dirtiest players list at the showpiece in Ivory Coast.

The Napoli star, who was tasked with a flurry of defensive work, committed over 20 fouls in the seven games in which he featured.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).