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Napoli Reject Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku Plus Cash Offer For Victor Osimhen

Italian champions, Napoli  has been offered Belgium star, Romelu Lukaku plus cash for transfer of its star striker Victor Osimhen to Chelsea.
Napoli have now rejected the offer.
According to Napoli Magazine, the English Premier League side offered Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, plus cash deal to tempt Napoli to part ways with their star striker.
Osimhen has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea and Arsenal as both teams prioritise a striker at the end of the season.
However, the Blues have reportedly made an offer for the Nigerian which was immediately turned down by the Serie A champions.
“As reported by Il Mattino, Chelsea are one of the teams most interested in Victor Osimhen, Napoli striker, for next season,” the website wrote.
“The English club would like to include a quid pro quo in the negotiation to lower the price of the price, but the Azzurri are not interested in Romelu Lukaku, so the Blues would have thought of including Armando Broja who had already been linked to the Azzurri team in the past.”
Last season, Osimhen scored 26 Serie A goals in 32 appearances to help Napoli win their first league title in 33 years. But this season, he has scored 11 goals and three assists in 18 appearances in the Italian topflight league this campaign.
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Napoli President Sets €200m Price Tag On Osimhen, Says Only PSG Can Afford Him

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis has placed a price-tag on Victor Osimhen.
According to him, the only club that can afford Osimhen is Paris Saint-Germain.
According to him, Osimhen’s price is 200 million euros.
The striker is in negotiations to extend his contract and so far the Partenopei are resisting the idea of a release clause.
“The only club that can afford to take Osimhen away from us is Paris Saint-Germain,” De Laurentiis told Sport Mediaset.
“So if Nasser Al-Khelaifi wants to take out 200 or so, then we will wait and evaluate.”
It is reported no clubs have been prepared to go over €100m so far, especially a concern because the asking price was believed to be in the region of €150m.
This evening, De Laurentiis revealed it is even higher than that and this is why he is confident the Nigeria international will remain this season.
The €200m price-tag would make Osimhen one of the most expensive signings of all time, but would be one of the options if Kylian Mbappe were to leave.
Still only 24 years of age, the Nigerian was Capocannoniere last term with 26 goals in 32 Serie A appearances and helped Napoli win their first title in 33 years.
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Serie A: Osimhen Becomes Second Nigerian to Win Scudetto, Breaks Other Records

Victor Osimhen has helped Napoli win their first Seria A title after 33 years.
He became the second Nigerian to win the Scudetto after Napoli’s historic feat on Thursday night.
The Partenopei claimed their first Serie A title in 33 years after playing out a 1-1 draw with Udinese at the Dacia Arena.
Obafemi Martins was the first Nigerian to achieve the feat with Inter Milan in the 2005/06 season.
Osimhen not only won it with Napoli this time, he also played a pivotal role in the Partenopei’s victory.
The 24-year-old has so far scored 22 goals and provided four assists in 27 league games this season.
The striker is now in contention to become the first African to win the Golden Boot in the Italian top-flight.
The Nigeria international now holds the record for the most goals in a Serie A season by an African player after erasing Samuel Eto’o’s old mark.
Osimhen is also now the joint highest African goalscorer ever in Serie A (46 goals).
He shares the record with former AC Milan forward George Weah, who is also now the president of Liberia.
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Napoli Fans Have Waited Long Enough For Serie A Title — Victor Osimhen

Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen has sent a message to Napoli fans as they prepare to lift the Seria A title.
According to him, the fans have waited long enough for the moment.
Napoli edged closer to the Italian topflight title after beating Juventus 1-0 away on Sunday, April 23.
A stoppage time goal from Giacomo Raspadori sealed the win for Napoli taking Luciano Spalletti’s side to 17 points ahead of second placed Lazio.
A win for Napoli against Salernitana and Lazio failing to beat Inter will see Osimhen and his teammates crowned champions.
The last time Napoli were crowned champions of Italy was in 1990 under the guidance of late Argentina football great Diego Maradona.
Taking to social media; Osimhen wrote: ”Dear Neapolitans,You Have Waited Long Enough!Now It’s Your Turn!!!💙🤍.”
Osimhen still leads the top scoring chart with 21 goals.
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Napoli Fans Go Gaga In The Street Of Naples For Oshimen After Win Against Juventus

Fans of Napoli have taken to the street to celebrate Nigerian international Victor Osimhen and the club for defeating Juventus over the weekend.
This is as the club gets closer to a historic Seria A title.
Thousands of joyous Napoli supporters greeted the team early Monday as they returned from their victory over Juventus, according to AFP.
Fans flew banners and flags and sang songs as the team arrived shortly before 3:00 am (0100 GMT) at Naples-Capodichino Airport from Turin.
Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, the two stars of Luciano Spalletti’s team, climbed onto the roof of the team bus to hail the fans below.
After the vehicle carefully navigated its way out of the crowd, it drove into town followed by dozens of scooters.
Napoli’s 1-0 triumph at Juventus on Sunday left them 17 points clear at the top of the table.
To be crowned champions for the first time since 1990 this weekend, Napoli will have to beat regional rivals Salernitana on Saturday, and will need Inter Milan to avoid a home defeat by Lazio on Sunday.
On Sunday, Spalletti warned it wasn’t yet time to start celebrating, noting that “we still have a little way to go”.
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Osimhen Equals Obafemi Martins’ Champions League Record

Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen has reached a new milestone in Champions League.

He has now equaled Obafemi Martins’ record for the most goals scored by a Nigerian in a UEFA Champions League campaign.

Osimhen reached the feat after his dying minute’s equaliser in Napoli’s 1-1 draw against AC Milan in the second leg of their UCL quarter-final clash on Tuesday.

Obafemi Martins netted first time for another Italian side, Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League in the 2004/2005 campaign.

Osimhen’s impressive performances have been crucial for Napoli in their quest for European glory this season.

Meanwhile, despite Osimhen’s record-equaling goal, his club were eliminated from the Champions League by their Italian rivals and seven-time winners, AC Milan.

Milan came into the game with a goal advantage from the first leg at San Siro. Rossoneri doubled their advantage 43 minutes into the second leg in Naples, thanks to Olivier Giroud who missed a penalty.

Napoli struggled against the disciplined-Milan defence with winger Khivcha Kwaratskhelia also missing an important penalty in the second half.

Osimhen’s last-minute header was not enough to lead Napoli to victory.

With Napoli out of the Champions League, Osimhen and the club will focus on the Italian Serie A where they currently hold a 14 points advantage.

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Napoli beats Liverpool 4-1 in the Champions League opener.

Wednesday’s opening Champions League group match saw Napoli defeat last season’s beaten finalists Liverpool 4-1, continuing Jurgen Klopp’s team’s unsettling start to the season. 

At the Stadio Maradona, Napoli pushed Liverpool aside with a frenzied first-half effort, and they rightfully led by three goals at the break. 

In the fifth minute, Piotr Zielinski opened the scoring from the penalty spot, and two more skillfully executed goals from Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Giovanni Simeone, making his Champions League debut, left Jurgen Klopp’s team facing a humiliating loss. 

The fourth goal was almost immediately added by Poland midfielder Zielinski to give Napoli the perfect start to Group A.

After a two-season hiatus, Luciano Spalletti’s club has returned to Europe’s elite tournament and is currently in second place, level with Ajax, who defeated Rangers in similar fashion. Napoli improved on a solid start to their domestic campaign, placing second in Serie A after five games, and will be buoyed by excellent showings from newcomers, especially explosive winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. 

Georgian Kvaratskhelia, who has already won over Napoli supporters with his dynamic wing play and eye for goal, had a significant impact despite playing for less than an hour. 

The Scots, meantime, have kept Liverpool off the bottom, and they are now focusing on trying to move up from seventh position in the Premier League.