One of the leaders of the Nigerian national team, Victor Osimhen is having a terrific season in the Italian league. The Nigerian national team is happy to watch the progress of this forward. Napoli are bidding for third place in the Italian league and are now ahead of Juventus in the standings, according to Beton.ng. Osimhen’s side are unlikely to be in contention for the Serie A title this season. Betting company Bet9ja gives a coefficient of 3.55 odds on AC Milan to win the domestic title. This is one of the most favorable odds for the victory of the Milan team.
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As for Osimhen, there will be a serious struggle for the young forward in the summer. Newcastle will try to buy the player for 100 million euros. Napoli rejected him in the winter, but it is expected that in the summer the Magpies will try to sign the player again.
Also, Victor Osimhen is being followed by Arsenal of London. “The Canaries” could buy the Nigerian forward. According to The Guardian journalist Freddy Paxton, Arsenal are seriously interested in acquiring the forward. The Canaries have already contacted the Nigerian’s agent. The Neapolitans want to get more than 100 million euros for the player. It should be noted that the player himself wants to play in England and would prefer to do it for Arsenal. Osimhen played 23 games in Serie A this season and is the team’s top scorer, scoring 12 goals.
As for Napoli, Osimhen’s team will strengthen the squad in the summer. Former Rubin midfielder Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is expected to become a Napoli player in the summer. According to Corriere dello Sport, the player will sign a 5-year contract with the Italian club with a salary of 1.5 million euros per year. The 21-year-old winger has already passed the first part of the medical for Napoli. All the conditions of the upcoming transition are fully agreed. The player will officially move to Napoli when the summer transfer window opens.
Also, Napoli bosses want to negotiate a new contract with Dries Mertens. The club will not exercise the right to unilaterally extend the agreement with the 34-year-old forward on the previous terms: 4.5 million euros a year net plus 1 million in bonuses, according to journalist Nicolo Schira. The Belgian could become a free agent on June 30.
According to Italian media reports, Napoli are ready to sign Mertens to a new contract provided his salary is reduced to 1.5-2 million per season. Negotiations may not resume until May. The striker has 7 goals and 1 assist in 22 games in the Serie A season.
Osimhen’s partner Kalidou Koulibaly, a defender, is expected to move to Barcelona in the summer. According to Catalunya Radio journalist Ricard Torkemada, Barça head coach Xavi wants Koulibaly in the team. The player’s contract with Napoli expires in the summer of 2023. “Barcelona will be able to sign him only if the Neapolitan club will be willing to sell the player at a price acceptable to the Catalans. The 31-year-old defender has scored 2 goals and given 2 assists in 16 Serie A games.
Forward Memphis Depay could follow in the opposite direction. The Dutch player could leave Barcelona in the summer. According to Calciomercato, the possibility of signing the Dutchman with the Catalans is being discussed by Napoli. The Italian club is looking for a replacement for winger Lorenzo Insigne, who moves to MLS in the summer. The main obstacle to the transfer is said to be Depay’s salary. The forward played 16 games in La Liga this season and scored eight goals.