Osimhen considered favourite to replace outgoing Mbappe at PSG

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Osimhen considered favourite to replace outgoing Mbappe at PSG

Ayoola Kelechi 21:38 - 15.02.2024

Paris-Saint Germain could continue their love affair with Nigerian superstars by signing Napoli's Victor Osimhen to replace the outgoing Kylian Mbappe

As the football world braces for Kylian Mbappe's departure from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) at the end of the current season, Napoli's Victor Osimhen has been identified as a prime candidate to fill the void left by the French superstar. 

Mbappe, whose contract with PSG is set to expire in June 2024, has already informed the club of his decision to leave as a free agent, sparking a hunt for his successor at the Parc des Princes.

 Osimhen's Rising Star

24-year-old Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen, has quickly risen through the ranks to become one of Europe's most sought-after strikers. Since his move to Napoli from Lille in 2020 for a club-record fee that could reach up to €80 million with add-ons, Osimhen has proven his mettle, scoring 67 goals in 119 appearances for the Italian outfit. 

His remarkable tally includes 26 goals in 32 league appearances last season, playing a pivotal role in Napoli clinching their first Serie A title in 33 years.

 The PSG Connection

Osimhen's potential move to PSG is made all the more intriguing by his previous connection with Luis Campos, PSG's football advisor with a significant role in the club's transfer recruitment. Campos was instrumental in bringing Osimhen to Lille, a move that eventually catapulted the Nigerian striker into the spotlight. 

Furthermore, Napoli's club president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has a history of facilitating high-profile transfers to PSG, including the likes of Edinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi, and most recently, midfielder Fabian Ruiz in 2022.

 PSG's Attacking Arsenal

Despite being well-stocked in attacking positions with the signings of Goncalo Ramos, Randal Kolo Muani, Ousmane Dembele, Marco Asensio, and Bradley Barcola, PSG's interest in Osimhen underscores the club's ambition to secure a forward of exceptional caliber and versatility. 

Osimhen's profile as a prolific goal scorer and his proven track record in both the French Ligue 1 and Serie A position him as an ideal candidate to spearhead PSG's attack in the post-Mbappe era.

As PSG prepares for life after Kylian Mbappe, Victor Osimhen emerges as a leading figure in the club's plans for the future. His impressive performances for Napoli have not gone unnoticed, making him a top target for the Parisians this summer. With the potential transfer, Osimhen has the opportunity to step into the shoes of one of football's brightest talents and continue his ascent in the world of European football at one of its most prestigious clubs.