Napoli sign record contract for Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen
Italian Serie A team Napoli have confirmed the signing of young Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen from French club Lille.
Napoli's website gave very few details on the deal, simply saying: “SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer. "
According to French sports newspaper L'Equipe, the deal is worth more than $ 96 million (€ 81,3 million), making him the most expensive African player of all time.
Napoli have now paid more than the English side that Arsenal paid in Lille for Nicolas Pepe of Côte d'Ivoire there is a year.
Osimhen had joined Lille from Charleroi in Belgium to replace Pepe.
After scoring 18 goals in all competitions for Lille last season, the 21-year-old has been linked for several weeks with Napoli.
In June it was named Lille player of the season during his debut campaign in France, and the Nigerian was also named to the Ligue 1 squad of the season.
Osimhen burst into the limelight at the 17 Under-2015 World Cup in Chile, winning the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards while leading the Golden Eaglets to the title.
The 16-year-old scored a tournament record of 10 goals, scoring each of Nigeria's matches, a performance that earned him the Young African Player of the Year award for 2015.
His performances at this World Cup also earned him a move to Wolfsburg, but Osimhen, who refused Arsenal of playing in the German Bundesliga, admitted to struggling as he slowly adjusted to the league and European football.
After a fruitless season in which the injured striker failed to score in 16 games, he moved to Belgium where goals quickly sank - 19 in his debut campaign at Charleroi, where he was initially loaned before making the move permanent.
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