After finishing the 2022/23 Serie A campaign as top goalscorer and lifting a historic first scudetto in 33 years for Napoli, interest in Victor Osimhen from other clubs was always going to be high. When the season ended, though, few might have expected Saudi Arabia to be on the list of potential destinations for the forward.

Now, though, Sky Sports in England are reporting (via Calciomercato) that Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal are preparing a €140 million offer for the Nigerian frontman, who could earn an astonishing €60m a year if he were to leave the Partenopei and follow ex-Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to the club.

Will Victor Osimhen leave Napoli?

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen with the Serie A title. (@en_sscnapoli)

While Napoli would have to consider any bid of that size carefully, president Aurelio De Laurentiis and new sporting director Mauro Meluso have only recently met Osimhen’s representative Roberto Calenda to discuss a contract renewal for the former Lille striker.

The 24-year-old is contracted to Napoli until June 2025 and all parties are in talks and looking to extend his stay in Naples, but renegotiation is required to reflect his increased standing in world football. Osimhen, then, could become the club’s highest earner with an extension until 2027 on €7m a year.

All that remains to be agreed is Osimhen’s release clause, with De Laurentiis looking for a figure between €140-150m and the player’s representatives believing that €110m is high enough. Either figure being agreed upon as the clause would still mean that the Serie A champions would receive a decent return on their €70m investment, not to mention what he delivered on the field.

Serie A’s fight against Saudi Arabian billions

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic with Al Hilal. (@Alhilal_EN)

Although former Inter captain Marcelo Brozovic headed to Al Nassr and was quickly joined in the Saudi Pro League by Milinkovic-Savic, they are still the only Serie A players to leave for the billions on offer, with several of their former opponents and teammates looking to stay in Italy.

Osimhen‘s Napoli teammate Piotr Zielinski rejected an approach by Al Ahli, and could instead join Lazio as a replacement for Milinkovic-Savic and help supply the ammunition for Biancocelesti striker Ciro Immobile, who himself snubbed a €15m-a-year offer from Saudi Arabia.