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Osimhen demands £103.8million release clause in new Napoli deal

Osimhen has just two years left on his existing deal and Napoli don't want to risk losing him on the cheap in a year's time.

Victor Osimhen wants a £103.8million (€120m) release clause inserted into a new Napoli contract.

The Nigeria international, 24, scored 31 goals for Napoli last season, including 26 in the league. That helped the Italian giants lift their first Serie A title in 33 years and left several top European clubs, such as Manchester United, keen on signing him.

It’s believed Osimhen is willing to sign a new contract, as Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is refusing to sell him this summer.

Yet the striker wants a release clause inserted into his new deal to allow him to fulfill his “dream” of playing in the Premier League.

Osimhen has just two years left on his existing deal and Napoli don’t want to risk losing him on the cheap in a year’s time.

As reported by Sky in Italy, contract talks between Osimhen’s agent Roberto Calenda and De Laurentiis are progressing. Yet the two parties are struggling to agree on the release clause.

That’s because Napoli want his release clause to be set far higher, at £173million (€200m) €200m.

That figure would effectively render the clause a moot point as top clubs won’t go near it.

The Serie A champions don’t want to lose Osimhen for anything other than a profit, having paid Lille around £70m for his services three years ago.

If Napoli agree to a £103.8m release clause and a Premier League club hits it, then Napoli will have no choice, despite a defiant De Laurentiis, speaking in May after Napoli’s Serie A triumph, declaring: “I will not sell Victor Osimhen this summer, no way!”

Yet the player’s “dream” is to play in the Premier League, as he admitted in March.

“A lot of people worldwide consider the Premier League as the best and the strongest league, but now I’m in one of the best leagues in the world which is the Italian Serie A.

“I’m working so hard to make sure that I achieve my dream of playing in the Premier League someday, but like I said, it’s a process and I just want to keep on this momentum and continue to do well.”

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