The €130m bid Saudi club, Al-Hilal made for Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen has been turned down by Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
In an attempt to sign the Nigerian forward, the Saudi side, backed by sovereign wealth fund PIF, approached Napoli with a huge offer.
Initially, Al-Hilal had interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe but the response was not favourable which made them settled for other options.
Osimhen’s feat from Napoli in the last season attracted interest from major clubs in Europe. The talented striker played a crucial role in Napoli’s triumphant Scudetto-winning campaign last season, helping Italian club clinched the Serie A title for the first time in over three decades.
Al-Hilal presented their bid to De Laurentiis, putting forth the sum of €130m for the Nigerian international. However, Napoli swiftly declined the proposal, indicating their unwillingness to part ways with the talented striker during this summer transfer window. Instead, Napoli is focusing on securing Osimhen’s future at the club by negotiating a new long-term contract. They value the player at approximately €200m, Il Mattino reports via TMW.
Osimhen who finished as the league’s top scorer with an impressive 26 goals in just 32 appearances also got the prestigious Golden Boot award, making him the first African player to achieve the feat.
Considering Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to the Saudi Pro League in December of 2022, he has attracted other players from Europe this summer