De Laurentiis responded mockingly to Al-Hilal’s request for Osimhen since he was one of the few people in Europe this summer to be willing to reject a substantial Saudi offer.
This summer, a large number of clubs from throughout Europe agreed to lucrative offers from various Saudi Arabian teams in order to cash in on their stars, such Gabri Veiga and Riyad Mahrez, and to sell their undesired players, including Edouard Mendy and Franck Kessie.
Since several prominent athletes, including Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, turned down Saudi offers this summer, several Saudi Pro League teams saw Victor Osimhen as the ideal replacement. Al-Hilal offered €200 million to Napoli, but the bid was turned down, keeping the striker in Campania.
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Osimhen was deterred from moving to Saudi Arabia by Al-Hilal’s offer of a €40 million salary per year, and it was claimed in Italy that his family urged him to do so.
The president of Napoli mockingly replied in an email to Al-Hilal executives, writing, “Your €200m offer can buy a single foot of Osimhen. I believe you’ll be able to offer €500 million for the following year, and we will probably take it into consideration, but I’ll say it again: maybe.
The international striker from Nigeria was undoubtedly one of Luciano Spalletti’s team’s top center-forwards last season, scoring 31 goals in 39 games.
Osimhen has now scored three goals in as many games for the Serie A champions under the direction of newly hired Napoli manager Rudi Garcia.