In the wake of a remarkable season that witnessed his league-leading tally of 26 goals, Victor Osimhen’s departure from Napoli appears imminent.
Many clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal, have reportedly expressed keen interest in signing the prolific Super Eagles striker.
However, Napoli is determined to retain Osimhen’s services for another season, aiming to secure another Scudetto triumph and reach the final stages of the Champions League.
Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis unequivocally proclaimed that only an extraordinary offer would persuade him to part ways with Osimhen.
Failing such an enticing proposal, the club intends to extend the striker’s contract for two more years, effectively keeping him in their ranks until 2027.
Although Osimhen holds an affection for Napoli, his dream of playing in the prestigious Premier League looms large.
Contract talks and the Growth Decree
Fortunately for Napoli, the renowned ‘Growth Decree’ enacted by the Italian government may prove instrumental in retaining Osimhen’s services in Naples for the upcoming season.
The Growth Decree is a legislative measure designed to stimulate economic development in Italy. Its provisions grant certain tax benefits to foreign professionals residing in Italy, provided they have a child born in the country and own property within its borders.
According to reports from Gazzetta dello Sport (via Tutto Napoli), Osimhen’s eligibility for the Growth Decree has arisen from his fatherhood of a daughter born in Italy.
By additionally purchasing a house in the country, Osimhen can avail himself of significant tax breaks.
This development assumes critical importance during contract negotiations between the striker and Napoli, potentially enabling him to secure a more substantial salary comparable to what English clubs could offer.
Osimhen’s remarkable market value is an impressive €120 million, making him the most valuable player in Serie A history.
Prospective suitors should prepare to surpass this valuation by a considerable margin to secure his services.
Having amassed an astounding tally of 37 goals in all competitions for both club and country in the current football calendar year, Osimhen is undoubtedly one of the best strikers around.
And the 24-year-old striker’s future at Napoli hinges not only on the club’s ambition but also on leveraging the advantages of the Growth Decree.