“Napoli Is Like Lagos” – Victor Osimhen
By Amaechi Agbo
Africa’s most expensive player, Victor Osimhen has likened the city of Naples to Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence, Lagos, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report
Osimhen Thursday sealed a five-year contract with Italian Series A giants, Napoli.
The firmer Lille of France striker who won Marc Vivien Foes player of the year award in French Ligue 1, described the city as similar to Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous state.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations bronze winner expressed delight on over the deal adding that his parents would be proud of him.
“Napoli like Lagos🔵⚪️✊🏽” he tweeted after the deal was made official.
“Mom and dad are proud for sure,” he added.
Osimhen further said that he is impatient to put on the clubs jersey and go to the field of play.
“(I) Can’t wait to put on this iconic jersey. Thank you for the warm welcome @sscnapoli 🔵⚪️ #forzanapolisempre,” he said.
The Super Eagles striker completed his transfer from Lille to Napoli, but reports on the cost vary from €47.5m to €81m.
Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis announced the deal via Twitter, as is Napoli tradition, before the two clubs released statements with no reference to the price-tag.
There are vast differences between reports in Italy and France over how much the operation really cost.
L’Equipe, AFP Sports and Manu Lonjon all point to a total of €81m, although €70m of that is cash and €10-11m in various performance-related bonuses.
Sky Sport Italia, Sportitalia and Tuttomercatoweb all point to €47.5m plus ownership of goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis, youth team captain Claudio Manzi and up to €10m in very difficult to achieve add-ons.
There is a very big difference, not to mention the reports stating this makes Osimhen the most expensive African player in history.
Sky Sport Italia transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio was more specific today, noting Lille will pay Napoli €20m net for Karnezis, plus youth team players Manzi, Ciro Palmieri and Luigi Liguori.
Napoli are therefore paying €47.5m net for Osimhen in cash, €50m gross, with an extra €20m in player exchanges.
This is why the €81m is so specific, because Lille sold Nicolas Pepe to Arsenal for €80m a year ago.
Where there is more agreement is on the details of the salary, a five-year contract worth in the region of €4.5m net per season, climbing to €5.5m by the final year.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, the contract includes an option to extend for the 2025-26 season as well.
Victor Osimhen grew up in the city of Lagos where he sold newspapers on the streets before grace shone on him after 2015 FIFA U-15 World Cup