If Saudi Arabian clubs return for the signature of Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen, Napoli President Aurelio de Laurentiis is expected to demand an exorbitant amount.
Remember that last summer, Osimhen was the subject of a big proposal from Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal, with the club apparently willing to offer Napoli up to €200 million for the Nigerian forward.
Despite the hefty bids from Al Hilal, Napoli rejected all formal bids for Osimhen, with de Laurentiis refusing to trade the Nigerian forward.
In a report from L’Equipe, the Napoli president allegedly told Al Hilal in an email, “Your bid can only buy one of Osimhen’s foot [sic]” in defiance of the money the Saudi club were willing to pay for the 2022/23 Serie A top scorer.
Napoli president sets new price tag
De Laurentiis is also reportedly set to shun future bids for Osimhen, as he stated in the supposed email that he would only think of considering a bid for Osimhen above €500 million.
The Partenopei president reportedly said, For next year, I expect you’ll be able to table €500m and maybe we’ll entertain your offer, but I say again, ‘maybe’.”
Osimhen is one of Napoli’s most coveted players after finishing the 2022/23 Serie A season with 26 goals to help the Partenopei claim their first Scudetto in 33 years and the club has made it clear on several occasions that they would do all it takes to keep the Nigerian striker with them.