Victor Osimhen: Italian Pundit Giovanni Scotto Predicts Club Nigerian Star Will Sign for Next Season

Victor Osimhen: Italian Pundit Giovanni Scotto Predicts Club Nigerian Star Will Sign for Next Season

Robert Abong'o
updated at April 2, 2024 at 6:47 AM
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  • Giovanni Scotto suggested Chelsea are not the club who want to sign Victor Osimhen
  • The Italian pundit believes PSG are primed to secure the Nigerian striker's signature
  • PSG's acquisition of the forward could be a strategic move to replace Kylian Mbappé

Italian football pundit, Giovanni Scotto, has weighed in on the potential destination for Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen, who recently extended his contract with Napoli until the end of the 2025-2026 season, is expected to depart the club at the conclusion of the current season.

The 22-year-old's availability can be triggered by activating his release clause, reported to be around €120 million.

Highly-sought Napoli and Nigeria striker, Victor Osimhen. Photo: Sportinfoto.
Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, is on the radar of top European clubs. Photo: Sportinfoto.
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The club aims to utilize the funds from his sale to bolster their squad for the upcoming season.

Despite strong interest from English Premier League teams, Scotto believes that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will likely secure Osimhen's signature.

While Chelsea has identified Osimhen as a prime target to address their scoring woes, their adherence to Financial Fair Play Regulations (FFP) poses a significant hurdle. As reported by Caught Offside, they may need to offload players to finance the move for the African Footballer of the Year.

Scotto stressed PSG's interest in the Super Eagles talisman, particularly as a potential replacement for Kylian Mbappé, who is linked with a move to Real Madrid. He suggested that PSG's financial advisor, Luis Campos, who previously recruited the forward for Lille in 2019 after four years of scouting, could play a pivotal role in securing the deal.

"De Laurentiis was reassured, Osimhen's 120 million will come, I believe from Paris Saint Germain. This money will compensate for the lost Champions League revenues and partially those from the Club World Cup," he said, as reported by Area Napoli.

Osimhen named highest paid in Serie A

Sports Brief reported that Osimhen was named the highest-paid footballer in the Italian Serie A.

Napoli signed the forward for a fee of around € 75 million, and he has already led the club to the Scudetto for the first time in over three decades.

According to his new contract, signed in December last year, the striker now earns a monthly salary of £1.29m, almost doubling his previous earnings.

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