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After weeks of negotiations, the Nigerian Victor Osimhen officially signed up with Naples on Sunday July 19. Purchased 81 million euros in Lille, the 21-year-old striker becomes the most expensive African player in history. </p><div> <p>A winner of the Marc-Vivien Foé Prize replaces another. <strong>A few weeks after being voted best African player in Ligue 1</strong>, Victor Osimhen leaves Lille to join Naples, and officially becomes this Sunday, July 19, the most expensive African in the world of football.
History repeats itself a year later the transfer of Nicolas Pépé to Arsenal for 80 million euros. At the time, the Ivorian striker had broken this same record but also that of the highest sale of the northern club and the most expensive purchase for his host training. A bar crossed by his Nigerian successor, bought 81 million euros by Naples. The current seventh in the Italian league had never spent so much money on a player.
Long negotiations after a shortened season
Negotiations between the different parties had started several weeks ago but have been delayed due to the change of agent for Victor Osimhen. In the end, the Nigerian was able to pass his medical examination, this Saturday, July 18, before committing to the next six seasons after a 2019-2020 exercise truncated by the end of the French championship. In Ligue 1, ce fan de Didier Drogba scored 13 goals and delivered 4 assists in 27 matches. Less impressive statistics than those of Nicolas Pépé the previous season but which were achieved within a less successful team. And then, unlike the Ivorian, the Nigerian took part in the Champions League where he had the opportunity to show himself in the eyes of the world by scoring half of his team’s goals (two out of four).
</div>After Wolfsburg in Germany, Charleroi in Belgium and Lille in France, the 21-year-old striker will discover his fourth club in Europe but is not at all guaranteed to take part in a continental competition next season. Naples is out of the race to compete in the 2020-2021 Champions League and is fighting with AS Roma and AC Milan to clinch one of two qualifying places for the Europa League. The Neapolitans also have a round of 16 return from C1 to be played on August 8 in Barcelona after a draw in the first leg (1-1). </div>