The transfer of Super Eagles attacker Victor Osimhen from Lille to Napoli is being looked into, and offices of both teams in Naples, Roma, and France have been searched.
Police allegedly searched the Napoli and Lille offices in Naples, Rome, and France as part of the probe.
Aurelio De Laurentiis, the president of Napoli, is also being looked into for alleged transfer fraud.
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Lille received merely €36 million, not the widely reported €81 million, according to French media site L’Equipe.
Osimhen, who replaced Nicolas Pepe, who moved for Arsenal the previous season, became the most expensive African football player ever thanks to the most costly transfer in Lille’s history.
The official €70 million transfer fee + €10 million in bonuses fee was only about €50 million in cash, which has long been the source of debate.
Goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three players from the youth team—Luigi Liguori, Claudio Manzi, and Ciro Palmieri—made up the other €20 million.
According to information that has surfaced, Osimhen’s former team only received €36 million from his transfer.
The Super Eagles forward’s acquisition helped the Ligue 1 club balance its books at a time when it was in a very precarious financial situation.
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The official €70 million transfer plus €10 million in bonuses was only about €50 million in cash, with the remaining €20 million consisting of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team players, Luigi Liguori, Claudio Manzi, and Ciro Palmieri.
This deal has long been the subject of controversy.
Because Liguori, Manzi, and Palmieri received greatly inflated prices on the transfer market, their value instantly raised questions.
The three players’ lack of opportunity to play for Lille they were promptly loaned to Serie C teams, and their contracts were simply and amicably cancelled a year later—raised even more criticism.
The players complained to the media that the purchase had destroyed their careers and that they had been exploited as pawns in a wider arrangement that had been made to help Lille and Napoli both financially.
That is the latest sport news on Victor Osimhen’s transfer to Napoli under investigation over suspected fraud