Nigerian Striker, Victor Osimhen has been signed by the Italian Serie A side Napoli from French club, Lille for a club record fee.
A statement on Napoli’s website reads: “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 $96m (81.3m euros) making him the most expensive African player of all time.
Napoli’s transfer fee on Osimhen now beats Arsenal’s fee for Ivory Coast’s Nicolas Pepe a year ago.
Osimhen had joined Lille from Belgium’s Charleroi as a replacement for Pepe.
After scoring 18 goals in all competitions for Lille last season, the 21-year-old had been linked for several weeks with Napoli.
The talented striker was named Lille’s player of the season in June 2020, in what was his first campaign in France, and the Nigerian was also named in Ligue 1’s team of the season.
Reacting to the move on his Twitter handle, Osimhen wrote: “The next chapter @officialsscnapoli is a very exciting one and I can’t wait to get on the pitch with the team , I want to thank the fans through the last few weeks,and I will definitely give my all on pitch for the common good of the club🙏🏽#ForzaNapoliSempre 🔵⚪️ ”
Osimhen burst into the spotlight at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile, as he clinched the Golden Boot and Silver Ball awards while steering the Golden Eaglets to the title.
The then-16-year-old scored a tournament record 10 goals, netting in every one of Nigeria’s games, in a performance that helped earn him Africa’s Youth Player of the Year award for 2015.