Philip Otele: Napoli, Brentford Linked With Nigeria’s Latest Goal Scoring Sensation in Europe

Philip Otele: Napoli, Brentford Linked With Nigeria’s Latest Goal Scoring Sensation in Europe

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 2, 2024 at 7:26 AM
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  • Napoli is interested in signing Nigerian forward, Philip Otele, this summer
  • The 24-year-old is attracting interest from top European clubs this season
  • Otele has 20 goal contributions this campaign for Romanian side, CFR Cluj

Nigerian striker, Philip Otele, is attracting interest from some of the top European clubs including reigning Serie A champions, Napoli, ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 24-year-old attacker has been in scintillating form for Romanian club, CFR Cluj, where he has netted 13 goals and contributed seven assists in the league this season so far.

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Philip Otele is one of the leading goal-scorers in the Romanian league this season and could be on his way to a major European club this summer. Photo by NurPhoto.
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According to Complete Sports, Napoli, who are bracing up for the exit of Victor Osimhen, have identified Otele as one of their transfer targets in the summer.

However, the Italian giants will have to battle Premier League club, Brentford, and Belgian giants, Club Brugge, for the signature of the 24-year-old Nigerian, who is touted for a big move at the end of the season.

Born in Port Harcourt, Otele was educated in England where he played for Teesside University and Wolviston FC in the Wearside Football League before joining Kauno Zalgiris in 2021.

Otele likened to Rashidi Yekini

Meanwhile, Otele has been compared to legendary Nigerian striker, Rashidi Yekini, owing to his exquisite goal-scoring attributes which earned him interest from top teams, Busy Buddies reports.

The 24-year-old forward’s predatory instinct in front of the goal has seen him grab the headlines this season for CFR Cluj, where he is one of the Romanian league’s top scorers with 13 goals.

For now, Otele is focused on finishing the season well with his club, who are presently third in the league's playoffs, as they hope to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season.

Napoli will struggle to replace Osimhen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Fabrizio Ravanelli has expressed concern over Napoli's capacity to replace Osimhen, should the Nigerian forward decide to leave.

A significant figure for the previous four years, the Nigerian continually demonstrated his exceptional ability, scoring remarkable goals each season and setting new records.

Despite recently extending his contract with the reigning Serie A champions, Osimhen is reportedly considering his exit from the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium outfit.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..