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French authorities investigate Osimhen’s €81m move to Napoli

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FRENCH authorities are probing into Victor Osimhen’s €81m move from Lille to Napoli, L’Equipe has reported.

The Super Eagles striker made the switch at the beginning of last season after just one season at the Ligue 1 club.

There were many question marks over the deal even at the time when it was completed over the summer.

Gerard Lopez had been in charge of the Ligue 1 club at the time, but has since moved on.

It was seemingly the new owners who arrived in December and raised a few doubts over the accounting for transfers.

Among them, the Osimhen sale to Napoli was credited at €81.3m, yet L’Equipe claims it only provided Lille with under €10m in profit. claims the problems with the transfer are purely with Lille’s accounting and Napoli have no case to answer.

The lack of profit right now could be because the deal was organised to pay in several instalments over a period of years.

It had already been widely reported that Lille would only receive circa €40m in cash, with another €10m in performance-related bonuses.

The extra €30m was made up from player sales, as Napoli handed veteran goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, plus youth team players Claudio Manzi, Ciro Palmieri and Luigi Liguori over to Lille.

However, the youth players never actually represented Lille, as Manzi and Palmieri were immediately loaned to Fermana in Serie C.

So was Liguori, but he moved again on loan to Lecco in February.

Playing in the third division, there are question marks on how these three combined to be worth €30m.


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