Al-Hilal is desperate to sign Victor Osimhen before the end of the summer transfer window. They have offered the Nigerian scorer a lucrative deal worth €200 million.
Calcio Napoli told Transfer News Live on Tuesday that Al-Hilal’s new offer to Osimhen is for a five-year deal that will pay the Super Eagles striker €40 million a year.
A previous story said that Italian club Napoli turned down Al Hilal’s big offer to get Osimhen to play in the Saudi Arabia Professional League before the start of the new season.
European news sources say that Al Hilal’s first offer to Napoli for the 24-year-old striker was €140 million (N118.9 billion).
The Saudi Arabian club made the unusual offer in July, according to L’Equipe in France and Sky Sports in the United Kingdom.
The story says that Al Hilal, one of the four Saudi clubs backed by the PIF, wants to sign Osimhen because they see him as an alternative to Kylian Mbappe, a forward for Paris Saint-Germain.
Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, said that he has no plans to sell Osimhen this summer. De Laurentiis is known for being a tough competitor.
Because of this, De Laurentiis and the club’s management have been in close touch with Roberto Calenda, the player’s agent, to try to come to an agreement on a new contract.
The release option has been the biggest problem in these talks, which means that the two sides haven’t reached a deal yet.
At the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Osimhen is talking about a plan that would pay him €7 million per season plus bonuses.
He led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years. He scored 31 goals for the Partenopei in all competitions, 26 of which were in the league. He was the first African player in the Serie A’s 147-year history to finish as the league’s top scorer and win the golden boot.
At €120m, he is the fourth most expensive player in the world, after Kylian Mbappé, Erling Haaland, and Vinicius Jr. According to Transfermarkt, Osimhen is worth the same as Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham.