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Victor Osimhen Becomes The Most Expensive African Player Ever After Napoli Move

Victor Osimhen Becomes The Most Expensive African Player Ever After Napoli Move

Victor Osimhen has become the most expensive African player of all time after sealing a record move to Napoli.

The Nigerian forward has joined the Neapolitan outfit for an initial €71.2 million but a further €10.1 million is guaranteed in add-ons, taking the overall fee to €81.3 million - as per French newspaper L'Equipe.

It eclipses the £72 million Arsenal paid to land Nicolas Pepe, who Osimhen then replaced in Lille's attack after the Ivorian's big-money move to the Emirates Stadium.

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The former Wolfsburg man will earn between €4 million and €5.5 million a year net without bonuses in Napoli -a huge wage increase from the €80,000 he was collecting monthly in France.

Belgium side Charleroi, Osimhen's former club, will receive €7 million from the transfer as a result of a sell-on percentage clause they inserted when he departed last summer.

Osimhen, who scored a record ten goals in the Under 17 World Cup in 2015 as he fired Nigeria to silverware in Chile, won Lille's player of the season after a stellar solitary season in Ligue One.

Image: PA
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The 21-year old hit 18 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions to catch the attention of a whole host of European clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester United.

But it's Napoli who have secured his services as Osimhen continues his remarkable football journey. As a youngster he used to sell bottled water on the streets of Olusosun, now he's the most expensive African footballer in history.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Nigeria, Lille, Football News, Football, Serie A, Napoli

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