Osimhen, a big blow for Naples and Lille

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A colossal transfer, around 80 million euros including bonus: the arrival of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is the symbol of Naples’ ambitions, but above all a superb economic blow for Lille.

At 21, Osimhen succeeds Nicolas Pépé, also left against 80 million euros last summer at Arsenal, in the list of spectacular summer transfers from the Lille club, after having already taken his place in the field. Recruited for 12 million on August 1, 2019 from the Belgian neighbor of Charleroi, Osimhen very quickly proved indispensable at the forefront of the Mastiff attack. Very fast, skilful, comfortable in the depth or back to goal, the Super Eagle has displayed astonishing qualities of maturity for its age and reported a significant number of points at LOSC. With 18 goals, including 13 in the league, the Nigerian exploded on the national scene but also in the Champions League, where he scored two goals and impressed the opponents of the Mastiffs (Ajax Amsterdam, Chelsea, Valencia).

His departure allows Lille to achieve colossal added value, in line with the model of “player trading” adopted by President Gérard Lopez and his sports advisor Luis Campos. Neither club has officially communicated on the financial details of the operation, but Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed to Gazzetta dello Sport the 70 million euros plus 10 million bonuses that close sources of the file in Lille had evoked. The Italian manager added that four players would go the other way in a separate operation, experienced goalkeeper Karnezis and youngsters Manzo, Palmieri and Liguori. This second operation perhaps explains in part that the Italian media initially put forward lower figures for the transfer of Osimhen, between 50 million (plus bonus) and 60 million euros.

Although the sum obtained for the transfer of the Nigerian is capital for its accounts, the French club did not need this jackpot to obtain the green light from the DNCG, the financial gendarme, who had twice pronounced a “suspension of to rule ”concerning the next budget. On the player’s side, a change of agent delayed the signing and the last details were long to define, the contracts drawn up by Filmauro, the company of the Neapolitan president Aurelio De Laurentiis, being traditionally long and complex, to the point of becoming a joke subject in Italian football.

Osimhen, who therefore chose Italy rather than England to continue to grow, will find in Gennaro Gattuso a coach convinced of his potential and ready to quickly secure him a starting place. The Polish Milik is indeed on the start and Mertens, top scorer in the history of the Neapolitan club, is 33 years old and does not embody the future. The sum disbursed by Napoli is a form of guarantee of confidence for Osimhen because it is very far from the standards of the club, in good financial health, and of Serie A in general. At € 60m, Osimhen would be Napoli’s biggest transfer by far, ahead of Lozano and Higuain, both arriving for around € 40m in 2019 and 2013. And at € 80m, he would be on the podium in the history of Serie A, behind Ronaldo (100 million) and Higuain (90 million) at Juventus, but ahead of De Ligt and Lukaku, who arrived last summer at Juve and Inter Milan for around 70 million each. The operation is therefore considerable, especially as Naples will not play the next Champions League … unless it wins the current one.

Source: AFP

A colossal transfer, around 80 million euros including bonus: the arrival of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen is the symbol of Naples’ ambitions, but above all a superb economic blow for Lille.

At 21, Osimhen succeeds Nicolas Pépé, also left against 80 million euros last summer at Arsenal, in the list of spectacular …

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