SPORTS Osimhen set to become Africa’s costliest footballer
Super Eagles striker , Victor Osimhen, is set to become Africa ’ s costliest footballer , with a reported €81m ( £73. 6m ) move from French Ligue 1 side Lille to Serie A giants Napoli.
The deal is expected to be finalised on Thursday, with both clubs reportedly reaching agreement for the young forward .
If the deal falls through , Osimhen will eclipse Nicolas Pepe’ s record, when he moved from Lille to Arsenal for £72m last summer .
According to L’ Equipe , the Eagles star could complete his move to the side on Thursday.
Reports say the change of agents by the Nigerian delayed his transfer to the Italian side , but is now set to go through .
Osimhen’ s agent , Stanley Okolo, had last week said the striker was considering Napoli’ s offer and would make his decision soon .
“ I read in some media that Victor has already rejected Napoli, but that is absolutely not true.
I don’ t understand where some information come from. The lad just asked for a little more time , the negotiations continue every day. He is just trying to make the decision that is right for him , ” Okolo told Radio Punto Nuovo .
Cedric Bakambu ’ s £65m move to Chinese side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal in January 2018 makes him the second costliest footballer in Africa ahead of Algeria’ s Riyad Mahrez, who joined Manchester City from Leicester City for £60m in July 2018.
Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for £56m from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018 to rank fourth costliest in Africa , while Naby Keita, who moved from Leipzig to Liverpool ( July 2018) for £52. 75m , is Africa ’ s fifth costliest footballer.