Napoli have committed the outrageous act of mocking one of their best players, which could lead to Victor Osimhen leaving the club.
“Osimhen’s agent could consider taking legal action against Napoli,” said Fabrizio Romano, a well-known transfer market expert and HERE WE GO journalist, on Sunday. The reason: Napoli posted a video mocking Osimhen on their official TikTok account. It was quickly deleted, but it went viral. The tone and wording of the video seemed to be focused on mocking Osimhen, rather than making fun of him.
Roberto Callendar, Osimhen’s agent, said: “The video posted by Napoli on their official TikTok account is unacceptable. The video mocking Osimhen was released and has since been deleted. The player has suffered very serious damage. Considering the damage caused by fake news in the media, it must be taken seriously. We will consider legal action and are working on a plan to protect Osimhen.”
Nigerian striker Osimhen joined Napoli from Lille in 2020. He became Napoli’s highest transfer fee in history at €75 million. He scored 10 goals in the Italian Serie A in his debut season with Napoli and 14 last season. Despite his goal-scoring prowess, he missed a lot of games due to injury, so he didn’t score as many goals as expected.
Last season was different. His injuries were noticeably less frequent and his goalscoring exploded, with 26 goals in 32 league games. Along with Osimhen’s performance, Napoli won the Italian Serie A title for the first time in 33 years. Osimhen swept the individual awards, including top scorer, Serie A team of the year, and striker of the year. He quickly emerged as one of the best strikers in Europe, attracting interest from a number of clubs, but owner Aurelio De Laurentiis had no intention of selling him.
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Chelsea, and others were interested, but the Napoli president rejected them, demanding an exorbitant transfer fee. Nevertheless, interest in Osimhen continued. Al-Hilal of Saudi Arabia were also interested, but the player remained at Napoli over the objections of De Laurentiis. Even after Luciano Spalletti’s departure and Kim Min-jae’s move to Bayern Munich, Napoli looked strong with Osimhen at the helm.스포츠토토
However, Napoli has faltered since the start of the season. The defending champions are currently in seventh place in Serie A. Through five games, they have two wins, two draws, and one loss. There’s still plenty of time left in the season, but the results and performances are disappointing. Garcia’s credibility with the team is low, as he was seen clashing with Osimhen. Italy’s Gazzetta dello Sport said, “Garcia’s job is not safe. After the draw with Bologna, president Aurelio De Laurentiis even said that things had to change quickly.”
If Osimhen goes, it’s only a matter of time before Napoli are left stranded. Osimhen has not yet signed a new contract with Napoli. His contract with Napoli ends in 2025. In order to get a transfer fee, they’ll have to sell him in the next summer transfer window. Given the current situation, there’s also the possibility of selling him in the upcoming winter transfer window. If Osimhen were to leave, teams in need of a striker would be all over him. Osimhen wants to move, so he has a very good chance of finding a new team if he chooses to and if the negotiations go well. Napoli are on the verge of facing the worst possible situation.