Victor Osimhen becomes Africa’s most expensive footballer ever

21-year old Super Eagles forward, Victor James Osimhen has finally completed his widely-reported transfer from LOSC Lille to Napoli in the Italian Serie A for €70 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Nigerian Football history. The transfer is reported to rise to €81 million after match bonuses.

He has penned a five-year contract with the Italian club.

The transfer was made official today with an announcement via their official website, which reads:

“SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer.

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.”

After weeks of credible reports from respected Nigerian journalist, Oma Akatugba, the fee is also a new Napoli transfer record eclipsing the €39 million paid to acquire Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid in 2013.

We wish him the best of luck.

Watch our interview with Victor.


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