Why Osimhen’s Napoli transfer is delayed

Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has been on verge of a move to Italian giants Napoli for quite some time now, but an odd issue has delayed the completion of the transfer.

It has been reported that Lille and Napoli have agreed on a €81m transfer fee, as has been that Osimhen has completed his medical.

A player undergoing his medical is usually one of the last steps before the transfer is completed and announced. It was reported on Sunday that Osimhen completed his medical, but what has held the deal up for so long? 

Nigerian journalist Oma Akatugba has revealed that the main cause of the delay is the lack of an agreement for image rights.

Generally, players own their image rights, but often agree to let clubs use their photos to promote the club in advertising campaigns. 

In the case of Napoli, however, their club president Aurelio De Laurentiis insists that the club must own the player’s image rights. This means that Osimhen would have to end any personal endorsements should they sign with the club.

“What percentage of the image rights he would get perhaps could be the reason why that is still inconclusive. This is the only part of the negotiations that is yet to be fully resolved.” Akatugba revealed.

Osimhen scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 games across all competitions for Lille and was voted the club’s player of the year last season. He also won the Marc-Vivien Foe prize for the best African player in Ligue 1.

Should the transfer go through, Osimhen would become the most expensive African player of all time. Click through the gallery below to see the most expensive transfers. 

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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.