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Why Napoli always planned Osimhen sale in 2024

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The affirmation that Napoli ‘already knew’ Victor Osimhen would go away on the finish of this season matches with the best way President Aurelio De Laurentiis has all the time finished enterprise.

The patron spoke to reporters immediately and confirmed what many followers had already feared.

“We’ve identified it since final summer time; in any other case, the negotiation to increase wouldn’t have been so lengthy. We already knew he would be part of Actual Madrid, PSG or a Premier League membership.”

Osimhen solely signed a brand new contract on December 23 that may now run to June 2026 and vastly will increase the Nigerian striker’s wage.

This contract was a monetary masterclass from De Laurentiis, because it was signed on December 23, simply days earlier than the Progress Decree – permitting golf equipment to save lots of as much as 75 per cent on taxes for salaries – was scrapped.

It additionally features a launch clause, though the precise particulars haven’t but been confirmed, rumoured to be €120-130m.

This is able to nonetheless generate an enormous revenue for the Partenopei, who bought Osimhen from Lille for €75m plus bonuses in the summertime of 2020.

It could be the second time that Napoli have used a launch clause to promote on a star identify for a large revenue, having finished precisely the identical with South Korea worldwide Kim Min-jae.

The defender was snapped up from Fenerbahce for €18m in July 2022 and bought a yr later for the €50m launch clause to Bayern Munich.

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Napoli have lengthy used launch clauses of their contracts and one incident prompted them to place down sure obstacles on them, as Juventus activated the clause to signal Gonzalo Higuain for €90m in 2016.

Ever since then, the clauses within the Napoli offers have excluded different Italian golf equipment, in order to keep away from reinforcing their direct rivals.