Napoli have landed highly rated forward Victor Osimhen from Lille in a reported club-record deal said to be worth an initial €50million ($59m)
The 21-year-old attacker spent just a single season in France but showed enough to seal a big move to Serie A, with Napoli understood to have given him a five-year contract.
Welcome to #Napoli, Victor!— Official SSC Napoli (@en_sscnapoli) July 31, 2020
💙 #ForzaNapoliSempre pic.twitter.com/ncwBTz0CcN
Nigeria international Osimhen moved to Europe in 2017 when he signed for Wolfsburg, but he was allowed to join Belgian club Charleroi on loan and they triggered a purchase option on him just last year after scoring 20 times in 2018-19.
Charleroi quickly made a significant profit on their apparent €3.5m outlay as Lille came calling, bringing him to France in a deal said to be worth up to €15m.
🙏🏻 Thanks for the memories, @victorosimhen9 🙏🏻pic.twitter.com/npBik89X7v— LOSC Lille EN (@LOSC_EN) July 31, 2020
During his solitary season in Ligue 1, Osimhen scored 13 goals – a figure bettered by only Wissam Ben Yedder, Kylian Mbappe and Moussa Dembele – and set up four more in 27 league appearances.
The deal could eventually reach €54m, according to claims in Italy, making him Napoli's record signing.
Family forever ❤️❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/CQpGJvndvD— victor osimhen (@victorosimhen9) July 31, 2020
Their previous record holder in that regard, Hirving Lozano, has been linked with a move away from Stadio San Paolo after an underwhelming first season in Serie A after costing €42m from PSV.