OFFICIAL: Napoli Capture Osimhen

Nigerian star Victor Osimhen has sealed a move from French side Lille to Italian giants Napoli for a reported fee of €50m + bonuses.

Osimhen, 21, has been on the radar of a number of clubs from Europe this season after a brilliant performance – scoring 18 goals and assisting 6 in his 38 games this season.

His superb performance also saw him clinch Lille’s Player Of The Season award and the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize for the best African player in the French Ligue 1 for the 2019-2020 season.

This transfer means Lille will have made an absurd amount of profit off the Nigerian in just one year. They signed Osimhen from Belgium’s RSC Charleroi for €14m, and sold him a year later for €50m. 

Osimhen will reportedly earn €4.5m per year for his five-year contract. 

Here are the 10 most expensive African transfers of all time. See where Osimhen falls on the list. 

10. Eric Bailly (Valencia -> Manchester United) - €30m

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Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly was Jose Mourinho's first signing at Manchester United. Things didn't go so well to plan for both with Mourinho later being fired while Bailly lost his starting spot due to injury troubles.

Napoli led the race to sign the striker, and was believed to have secured his services last month before his agent raised the issue of racism in Italy.

This had led Osimhen to get in contact with Senegalese teammate Kalidou Koulibaly to listen to him first-hand on the racism in Serie A. In his role, Koulibaly gave the rising star his advice on what should be done prior to the move.

It is believed that Napoli’s coach, Gennaro Gattuso is a fan of the Super Eagles striker and had been following him for a while. Moreover, Gattuso is reportedly taking a pay cut to secure Osimhen’s services.