Napoli are refusing to increase the salary already agreed with Victor Osimhen’s previous agent, Lille reportedly reject Adam Ounas as part of the deal and Liverpool dive in with an offer.
Every time Osimhen seems to be close to a deal with the Partenopei, it all falls back into doubt, and today’s developments are just another chapter in the summer saga.
We already reported this morning on the row with Osimhen’s new agent over wages, as Napoli had already agreed €3.5-4m plus up to €2m in bonuses, whereas his latest representative promised to get €5m net per season along with add-ons.
Our sources tell us the issue of image rights have not been resolved either, and anyone with knowledge of Napoli transfer history will realise this is a sticking point that has tanked many a previous deal.
Now L’Equipe maintain that Lille are also not prepared to accept Ounas as part of the transfer fee, demanding the entire €81m in cash, which is frankly unlikely.
Due to the slowdown in negotiations over his salary, Osimhen’s agent also reportedly approached several Premier League clubs to ask if they would like to make a counter-offer.
Il Mattino newspaper point to Manchester United, but Sportitalia, Tuttomercatoweb and French sources maintain Liverpool are more interested.