The Nigerian striker finally joined the Italian club on a five-year deal on Friday with more details concerning the move now revealed
Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentis, has revealed the Gli Azzuri decided to splash the cash on Victor Osimhen because Genaro Gattuso was keen on the Sper Eagles star.
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In what was one of the summer’s most enthralling transfer, De Laurentis revealed that Napoli paid 80m euros including add ons for Osimhen’s services- a fee that made him the fifth most expensive signing in Serie A’s history.
Top10 Serie A signings
1. Cristiano Ronaldo 117m€
2. Higuain 90
3. De Ligt 85.5
4. Lukaku 75
5. Osimhen 70
6. Crespo 55
7. Buffon 52.5
8. Mendieta 47.5
9. Vieri 45
10. Rui Costa 42.5
10. Thuram 42.5
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The former Lille striker will also earn a whopping salary of 4.5m euros (2.35 billion naira) in a year, according to De Laurentis.
Speaking in an interview with Radio Kiss Kiss per Manu Lonjon, De Laurentis said: “Gattuso was very keen on the arrival of Osimhen. We will pay around 80M to Lille and between 4 and 4.5M per season to the player.”
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Napoli beat a host of clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, Inter Milan and AC Milan who were all reportedly interested in the Super Eagles striker.