Napoli Director Reveals Big Reason That Made Them Snub Signing Haaland for Osimhen

Napoli Director Reveals Big Reason That Made Them Snub Signing Haaland for Osimhen

  • Napoli have made it clear that they had the opportunity of signing Norwegian striker Erling Haaland in 2020
  • The club's sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli explained that they had to snub Haaland for Victor Osimhen
  • Since they signed the Nigerian star, he has been impressive getting the goals for the Serie A leaders

Cristiano Giuntoli who is the sporting Director at Napoli has explained that the Italian side had the chance of signing Erling Haaland from Salzburg, but they settled for Victor Osimhen.

Haaland's primary duty is scoring goals, and that was the major reason that made Manchester City to spend big in signing him before the start of the ongoing Premier League season.

The Norwegian striker has since then been impressive for the Citizens this season in the Premier League netting 18 goals and has even been tipped to win the golden boot award.

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Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen in action for Napoli. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia
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Osimhen on the other hand keeps firing the goals so far this season for Napoli who are currently topping the Serie A table.

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According to the information gathered on NaijaFootballers, Giuntoli explained that Napoli actually wanted to meet Salzburg’s €25million-valuation then to have Haaland.

Giuntoili's statement about Osimhen

“The contract was done with Salzburg, paying the €25M release clause for Haaland but he preferred BVB, and we were looking at him or Osimhen who we put on the same level.''

Meanwhile, Super Eagles of Nigeria will be without Osimhen for their international friendly game against Portugal on Thursday, 17 November.

Reason that made Osimhen snub

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Napoli chiefs were singled out as the ones behind the reason that striker Victor Osimhen snubbed playing for Nigeria against Portugal.

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be in action against the European nation on Thursday, November 17, in an international friendly game that is expected to be a challenging one.

Osimhen was among the Super Eagles players selected for this friendly game, but the Nigerian Football Federation recently announced that the Napoli star is injured.

The news of Osimhen getting injured has caused talk among Nigerian football fans, as many have been expecting him to lead the attack for the Super Eagles against Portugal.

Interestingly, Osimhen played for Napoli last Saturday and even scored in their win over Udinese, before the announcement from the NFF.