Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen proposed €70 million transfer from Lille to Napoli is almost done with reports the forward will earn a salary of one billion ninety-seven million three hundred fifty-one thousand three hundred naira (€2.5 million) per annum.
Osimhen arrived Naples with his agent last week and is expected to sign a five-year deal worth €70 million.
The Lille forward was spotted in Italy last week alongside his agent, and he is expected to join Genaro Gattuso’s team this summer.
The deal will make him the most expensive Nigerian player, beating the record of Alex Iwobi’s £40m move from Arsenal to Everton last summer.
Lille president Gerard Lopez says Osimhen will become a superstar at Napoli, confirming the 21-year old have asked him about the Italian club.
“For Victor Osimhen, we had several offers. He asked me and I told him what I think was the ideal club for him,” Lopez told La Voix du Nord.
“Napoli is just below Juventus or Barcelona but is at the same level as Atletico Madrid. If he goes there, he will become their superstar.
“Having a city like Naples at your feet must be exciting for a footballer. Victor has the strength to perform under pressure.”
According to Goal, Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli is believed to be accelerated by the rumoured departure of Polish striker Arkadiusz Milik who is wanted by Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Napoli are considering a double raid at Lille that will include Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes in a deal that will total €85 million.
Belgian striker and Napoli’s all-time leading scorer Dries Mertens says his friends in Belgium have told him Osimhen is the type of player the club needs.
“My friends from Charleroi told me how well he played before going to France,” the Belgian told Il Mattino.
“I don’t know if he will come, but in any case, he is precisely the type of footballer that Napoli needs.”
Osimhen’s agent Osita Okolo told TuttoMercato that the player likes the city of Naples and is interested in joining Napoli.
“Victor likes Naples, a fantastic city, and obviously he also likes Napoli as a team.”
“The interest of a big Italian [club] personally does not surprise me considering how well he did with Lille.”
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