• Babajide EverBlazin

Napoli faces investigation over Osimhen transfer from Lille

Italian Serie A side, Napoli, are being investigated for a possible fraud in the transfer deal which brought Nigeria international Victor Osimhen to the club in 2020. Prosecutors in Napoli revealed in a statement on Tuesday that Italian finance police searched Napoli's Castel Volturno and Rome offices to collect documents regarding Osimhen's 70 million euros ($73.9 million) move from Lille. It was however added that the searches are coming in the wake of requests from the French and Italian judicial authorities, with Lille having also been the subject of a search and investigation in May. Osimhen's transfer was one of dozens of suspicious deals looked into by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) investigators in a probe into allegedly inflated transfer values designed to artificially boost clubs' balance sheets. The deal stood out as it involved four players valued at just over 20 million euros moving to Lille as part of the deal; three of them never played for the French club and are now in Italy's lower divisions. Meanwhile, Italian media had reported that Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis was also under investigation. De Laurentiis was one of 61 people, including a raft of Juventus directors, who were acquitted of any wrong doing by the FIGC's own tribunal in April.

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