Reports from The Guardian said the Italian club Napoli have agreed an initial €60m fee with Lille for Victor Osimhen, with the Nigeria striker set to sign a five-year contract to join the Serie A side in the most expensive transfer deal of the summer so far,
The 21-year-old who scored 18 goals in all competitions for Lille before the French season ended prematurely owing to the Covid-19 Pandemic, has been linked with several English clubs including Manchester United and Liverpool.
The prolific striker, Victor Osimhen, who changed his agent last week, looks set to move to Napoli after negotiations between the clubs were completed on Thursday.
It is understood that the fee could rise to €81m after a number of performance related add-ons – €1m more than the African record transfer fee Arsenal paid Lille for the Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pépé last summer. There is also an option to extend Osimhen’s contract by further.
Lille is expected to step up their efforts to sign Jonathan David having seen a €25m bid for the Canadian striker rejected by Gent this month.
The French club have already signed the 35-year-old Turkey striker, Burak Yilmaz in preparation for Osimhen’s departure and have been told they must pay a Belgian record fee of €30m to secure David.
Victor Osimhen is expected to take the Number 9 jersey once he arrived at historic club that once featured the great Maradona.