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Osimhen exit ‘expected’ as Conte confirms Napoli ‘pact’

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Victor Osimhen is expected to leave Napoli this summer with Antonio Conte confirming the forward has a transfer ‘pact’ with the club.

Osimhen has scored 76 goals in 133 appearances across all competitions for Napoli to emerge as one of the hottest striking properties in world football.

The 25-year-old was the league’s leading scorer as Napoli won a drought-breaking Scudetto in 2022-23 and won the Africa Footballer of the Year award last year.

Paris Saint-Germain are the frontrunners to sign the Nigeria international as the French champions seek a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, though Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United continue to be linked.

Osimhen has a release clause in his contract with the Serie A side believed to be worth in the region of £110m, which could make him the most expensive sale in Italian football history and most-expensive African footballer of all time.

Speaking at a summit alongside president Aurelio De Laurentiis this week, Napoli manager Conte confirmed there is an agreement between the club and player to allow Osimhen to leave this summer.

“I’m aware of his situation, I know there’s an agreement with the club so it’s a different case compared to others,” he said.

“There’s a pact between Victor and Napoli on his future and I accepted that.”

Conte has hinted the club could make a move to sign Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea as a potential replacement should Osimhen leave.

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