Victor Osimhen Kylian Mbappe Aurelio De Laurentiis Napoli GFXGetty

Why has no one signed Napoli star Victor Osimhen yet? Kylian Mbappe holds the key to unlocking the transfer market

Earlier this month, Napoli unveiled their new kits for the coming campaign. Thanks to last season's stunning Serie A title triumph, each and every jersey will be adorned with the Italian tricolour for the first time in more than three decades.

"It represents a symbol of freedom after so many years of hard struggle," Aurelio De Laurentiis said, alluding not only to the Scudetto drought but also the fact that he had saved the club from bankruptcy when he took over in 2004.

Still, while the tricolour will undoubtedly prove a source of constant pride for Napoli's long-suffering supporters, the obvious question was whether star striker Victor Osimhen would be wearing the new shirts next season.

"Absolutely yes," De Laurentiis declared. But then, with his very next breath, the club president added, "If a more than indecent offer should arrive, we will deal with it. We're certainly capable of finding other players as strong as Osimhen."

As far as De Laurentiis was concerned, only Paris Saint-Germain had the kind of money required (approximately €200 million) to get him to the negotiating table. And even then, he couldn't foresee such an offer arriving from Parc des Princes, "I trust that Osimhen will stay with us."

However, after a couple of weeks of stasis in the transfer market, during which it was repeatedly reported that Osimhen was on the verge of signing a new contract with Napoli, significant moves are being made - most notably in Saudi Arabia - that have cast some doubt on the Nigerian staying at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona.

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