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Napoli approves €50m signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille

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The Nigerian global striker has joined the Serie A facet on a massive cash deal, having been linked with countless of top European clubs this summer time.

According to Goal’s Emma Smith, Napoli have confirmed the signing of Nigerian international forward Victor Osimhen from Lille.

The striker, who scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in the 2019-20 season, moves to Naples in a deal reported to be worth €50 million (£45m/$59m).

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Osimhen had been linked with several top European clubs following his impressive goal scoring season, including Arsenal and Liverpool, however he will appear in Serie A in the 2020-21 campaign.

The 10-cap international – who has scored four goals for his country – first moved to Europe in 2017 with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, before moving to Charleroi in Belgium, initially on loan and then in a permanent transfer.

He hugely impressed in Belgium with 36 goals in 37 appearances, earning him a €14m (£12.5m/$16.5m) move to Ligue 1, where his impressive scoring form continued.

Osimhen will spearhead Napoli’s attack next season, as they look to return to the Champions League having missed out this year. The Neapolitan side will finish only seventh in Serie A, although they have guaranteed qualification for the Europa League group stage by winning the Coppa Italia.


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