Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentis, has confirmed that the club broke its transfer record following the capture of Nigerian international, Victor Osimhen, from French Ligue 1 side, Lille.
Osimhen costs €70 million and if the wages and bonuses over the duration of his contract are included, the fee could rise to €100 million.
Before the Super Eagles striker smashed the transfer record, Napoli’s most expensive acquisition was Gonzalo Higuaín, who cost the club €39 million when he arrived from Real Madrid in July 2013.
“Gattuso and Giuntoli both wanted him, and they convinced me to part with €70million.
“With bonuses, it can rise to €80million, and if you consider the wages which rise over the course of the deal overall this is a €100million+ deal.
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“He is not a player we are expecting to be ready right away. He is not a 25-30 goal scorer, but he should bring an extra element of great play to the team, scoring and providing for his teammates,” Laurentis told Sky Sport Italia.
He confirmed that Osimhen would wear Napoli’s number 9 shirt for the upcoming season.