Victor Osimhen is quite possibly one of the most sought-after players in the world, after leading Serie A club Napoli to a much-awaited Scudetto last season. The striker has shown himself to be one of the best strikers for both club and country, strongly helping Nigeria qualify for the AFCON 2023 group stages.
Since the end of last season, a lot of rumors about the player have been spreading like wildfire, especially after he had an incident with the club’s social media account and also due to a teammate’s agent spreading lies about him. However, it looks like he has now spoken about his future again.
Victor Osimhen sheds light on his future
The Nigerian striker had seemingly shown his commitment to staying at Napoli when he signed a contract extending until 2026. He had a massive salary increase, but he also had a release clause inserted in the contract. That clause is worth a massive €130 million, a figure that is quite impossible for many clubs to even think about.
But it seems that Victor Osimhen has now changed his mind about staying at the club after various issues plaguing him there. He recently stated that he had already made a decision on his future, hinting at a possible departure to the Premier League.
Victor Osimhen says he's already decided on his "next step" this summer 👀🔜 pic.twitter.com/rJ4x3iBsj4— LiveScore (@livescore) January 24, 2024
He said that he had already made a decision: “The EPL is one of the biggest and best leagues in the world. Now I am with Napoli… But I already made up my mind. I already know what I want to do with my career. I already know the next decision I want to take.”
He did promise to finish the season strong for both Napoli and Nigeria in the AFCON: “For now I want to finish the season strong, relax with my daughter, think about my life and then come out with the decision I have already made.” It seems that Osimhen is finally ready to take the next big step in his career.
Osimhen linked with move to Chelsea next season
The massive release clause means that Victor Osimhen won’t be available for many clubs, with only a few capable of and interested in signing him. Clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, and Real Madrid are very interested in the player. But the club that is most rumored to link up with him is none other than Chelsea, who have in recent times shown they are ready to spend big whenever they can.
🚨 Chelsea are ‘ready’ to pay Victor Osimhen’s release clause in the summer.— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 24, 2024
Osimhen recently signed a new deal with Napoli but it includes a clause in the region of €120M-€130m. 🇳🇬
(Source: @Gazzetta_it) pic.twitter.com/9GWej202x7
Chelsea desperately need a high-profile striker to join them to help end their goal problem up front. They are ready to pay the release clause as well as offer a huge contract to Osimhen. It is also said that African and Chelsea legends Didier Drogba and John Obi Mikel are trying hard to convince the player to join the Blues. A summer bid is being reported, with Napoli unwilling to lose Osimhen in January.
Victor Osimhen is currently on AFCON duty with Nigeria, where he is preparing for their Round of 16 clash with Cameroon on Sunday.