Al-Hilal is making a strong push to secure Victor Osimhen’s signing before the summer transfer window closes.
They have presented a substantial offer of €200 million to the Nigerian striker.
According to Transfer News Live, Al-Hilal’s recent proposal to Osimhen involves a five-year contract, where he would earn an impressive €40 million annually.
Previous reports had mentioned that Italian club Napoli turned down a significant bid from Al-Hilal, who aimed to bring Osimhen to the Saudi Arabia Professional League for the upcoming season.
Initially, Al Hilal had put forward a €140 million offer to Napoli to acquire the services of the 24-year-old attacker, as reported by European sources such as L’Equipe and Sky Sports.
Al Hilal, one of the Saudi clubs supported by the sovereign wealth fund PIF, is keen on signing Osimhen as an alternative to Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.
Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, who is known for his tough negotiation stance, has made it clear that he has no intentions of selling Osimhen this summer.
De Laurentiis and the club’s management have been engaged in discussions with Osimhen’s agent, Roberto Calenda, to come to terms on a new contract.
The main point of contention in these talks has been the release clause, indicating that an agreement has not yet been reached between the two parties.
Osimhen is currently negotiating a deal worth €7 million per season, along with bonuses, at the Estadio Diego Armando Maradona.
His remarkable performance, netting 31 goals for Napoli in all competitions last season, including 26 in the league, led the club to their first Serie A title in 33 years. He became the first African player to win the Serie A golden boot in its 147-year history.
Valued at €120 million, Osimhen is the fourth most valuable player globally, trailing only Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, and Vinicius Jnr.
According to Transfermarkt, Osimhen shares the fourth spot in terms of value with Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka and Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham.