Michael Emenalo wants Osimhen to quit Napoli for Al-Hilal

Michael Emenalo, the Director of Football for the Saudi Pro League, has endorsed Al-Hilal’s ambitious move for Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen.

The star striker has been at the center of an intense transfer saga, with top European clubs such as PSG, Chelsea, Manchester United, and Real Madrid seemingly hesitant to meet Napoli’s demands for his services.

Despite the previous rejection of two bids from Al-Hilal by Napoli for Osimhen, the Saudi giants are poised to return with renewed vigour if the striker indicates his willingness to proceed.

Reports abound that Osimhen has been presented with a staggering salary package, one that could propel him to the rank of the highest-earning African footballer in history.

Family and friends of Osimhen are reportedly rallying behind the prospect of his move to Saudi Arabia.

However, the talented forward’s inclination appears to lean more towards remaining in Naples.

Reliable sources indicate that a contract extension with Napoli, stretching to 2027, might already be in the works.

Offering his perspective, Michael Emenalo, a former Chelsea director, has reached out to his compatriot Osimhen, urging him to consider Saudi Arabia.

Emenalo’s remarks to Corriere dello Sport, conveyed via Tutto Napoli, underscore his admiration for Osimhen’s talents while expressing optimism for Napoli’s future without him.

“OSIMHEN IS NIGERIAN LIKE ME,” EMENALO REMARKED. 


“FOR ME, HE IS GREAT, A FANTASTIC FOOTBALL ARTIST. WOULD I WANT HIM HERE IN THIS LEAGUE? SURE, I’D LIKE TO. I’M SURE IT WOULD BE WONDERFUL.

“I AM SURE THAT NAPOLI WILL MANAGE, THEY WILL OVERCOME IT AND WILL BE ABLE TO FIND ANOTHER NIGERIAN WHO IS JUST AS STRONG.”

Emenalo is renowned for his stint as Chelsea’s sporting director

As Director of the Saudi Pro League, Emenalo plays a pivotal role in fostering robust connections between European and Arab football, particularly in the transfer market.

Credit: Soccernet

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