21-year-old Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen has finally struck a five-year deal with Italian club Napoli.
Osimhen scored 18 goals in 32 games for French club Lille, has 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.
Osimhen had already passed his medical in Rome on July 18, 2029, and will be presented to the media in Naples after his summer vacation.
He will wear the Number 9 jersey, which is currently held by Fernando Llorente.
“SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer,” read the Napoli statement.
“The 21-year-old striker was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 29 December 1998. Osimhen came through the youth ranks at Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos and turned professional shortly after his 18th birthday when he joined Wolfsburg.
“He spent the 2017/18 season in Germany before moving to Charleroi on loan the following year. He was an instant success in the Jupiler Pro League, netting 20 goals in 36 appearances.
“Lille snapped him up in the summer of 2019 and he went on to play 38 times for the French side, bagging 18 goals in the process.
“Osimhen helped Nigeria win the U17 World Cup in 2015, when he finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals. He made his full Nigeria debut in June 2017 and so far has 10 caps and four goals to his name.”
KanyiDaily recalls that two months ago, Victor Osimhen was offered a private jet by his former French club, Lille, which flew him back to Nigeria for his father’s burial.