Victor Osimhen is yet to agree Napoli exit amid Liverpool and Chelsea links
The striker has been linked with a string of big clubs.
The 24-year-old is one of the most sought-after talents in world football as his prolific spell with Napoli continues.
The striker has scored 65 goals in 111 games for the Italian side since joining from Lille in 2020, with his epic tally of 31 in 39 games last season especially impressive.
It is not out of the question that he could repeat those numbers in this campaign, with six goals in 10 appearances so far and interest from clubs across Europe is not going anywhere.
Manchester United were heavily linked with the Nigerian, but instead brought in Rasmus Hojlund, but interest from Chelsea and Liverpool remains.
It has been reported in Italy that Osimhen and Liverpool have already come to an agreement, but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano states otherwise.
Romano told Caught Offside: ‘Chelsea are still keeping an eye on Osimhen, but despite some media reports in Italy stating that he’s agreed a contract with Liverpool, my understanding is that he hasn’t agreed anything with any club. There is not even an agreement over a new contract with Napoli, despite receiving a huge offer from his current club.
‘Osimhen will take his time, but for now I can say the links with Liverpool are not true. Of course, Liverpool and many other clubs are keeping an eye on top strikers around Europe, but nothing is agreed, Osimhen will take his time. We’ll have to wait and see how it will evolve, even if it is sure to be one to watch in 2024.’
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has hoped that Osimhen was set to extend his contract with the club beyong 2025, but things appear to have changed.
De Laurentiis held multiple meetings with Osimhen’s agent after the summer transfer window closed and there were reports that an extension was nearly done, but doubts have since emerged over what is next for the striker.
‘I have never been unhappy towards Osimhen, but there are always two of us in these things,’ said the president.
‘I have remained the same, if his mood has changed [over a new deal] I can’t do anything about it.
‘If things change after a handshake, it’s disappointing, we take note of it but then life goes on.
‘There are excellent relations with him, the contract expires in 2025, there is time. Don’t forget that I sold Koulibaly [to Chelsea] a year before his contract expired.’
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