Napoli have confirmed the signing of Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen from Lille, in a deal that is expected to see him spend at least five years in Italy.
The striker, who scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 side in the 2019-20 season, had been linked with several top European clubs.
21-year-old Victor Osimhen becomes one of the most expensive African players of all time, reportedly at €60m including bonuses, while goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis is moving to Lille as part of the deal.
French and Nigerian reports continue to insist the price was €81m, but that probably includes his salary.
Osimhen already passed his medical in Rome on July 18 and will be presented to the media in Naples after his summer vacation.
He will wear the Number 9 jersey, which is currently held by Fernando Llorente.
Big things are expected of the highly-rated 21-year-old, with Osimhen capable of making a similar impact at Napoli as Diego Maradona once did, according to the head of Nigerian football, Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick told Radio Kiss Kiss last week: “I think Victor Osimhen is an excellent signing for Napoli. I’ve followed them from when they had Maradona. Naples is a proud city and also in football terms.
“Osimhen is a source of pride for African football. He’s someone who is disciplined but focused on objectives, and if he wants something, he knows how to get it. He made the right decision for his career. I already believe he’ll receive the right support from the club and its fans.
“Napoli are the right club for him to achieve important results, and Osimhen will always give his best. I’ll say it now: Victor will do everything possible to match and even break the records set by a legend like Maradona.
“I talked to Victor just a few minutes ago, he’s very excited about his new experience and new club. Napoli is a big name in world football. It’ll be a new challenge for him and he told me: ‘President, I’ll make Naples proud’.
“If he gets the right support, I guarantee he’ll stick to his word and make you all proud. Believe in him and he’ll help the team achieve their objectives. I’ll come to Naples next season to watch some of their games. Osimhen is young and could stay at Napoli for a long time.”