Napoli signs Victor Osimhen from Lille

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Despite Premier League rumours that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United were bidding for Victor Osimhen,  Napoli has proved to be the only club that made a genuine offer.

In an announcement made by President Aurelio De Laurentiis, Napoli has signed Osimhen after completing his deal with Lille.

The 21-year-old Nigerian striker becomes one of the most expensive African players of all time, reportedly at €60m including bonuses, while goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis is moving to Lille as part of the deal.

He is also by far the most expensive signing in Napoli’s history, a record that was set last summer by Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven for €38m plus bonuses.

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Napoli had agreed to pay an initial 60 million euros ($71.06 million) transfer fee, which could rise to 81 million in performance-related add-ons.

“SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer,” the Italian club said in a statement.

Osimhen who is reported to have signed a five-year deal, scored 18 goals in all competitions at Lille this season as they finished fourth in Ligue 1 which was truncated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Osimhen previously spent two seasons at Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg, where he made his debut in 2017, before moving to Belgian club Charleroi, scoring 20 goals.

Osimhen has scored four goals in eight appearances for Nigeria. He also won the Under-17 World Cup in 2015, finishing as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals.