The Italian judiciary is investigating the transfer of the Nigerian Osimhen to Naples in 2020

Rome: The Italian judiciary has opened an investigation into a possible Napoli fraud in its contract with Nigerian national striker Victor Osimhen in 2020 from French Lille, AFP learned from a judicial source on Tuesday. The Naples Public Prosecutor specified in a statement that the searches in the offices of the club south of Castel Volturno and Rome “aimed at collecting useful documents in relation to the alleged unlawful conduct related to the buying and selling of some players in the summer of 2020 “. Several media Italians indicated that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was specifically targeted by this investigation. The Prosecutor notes that the searches carried out in Italy respond to requests from the Italian and French judicial authorities. The club del Lille was also the subject of a review of the Osimhen case last May. The Nigerian forward arrived at Napoli in 2020 with an esteemed deal in 70 million euros. At the same time, Napoli reduced the bill by selling to club French four players for a total of about 20 million. The press found this figure to be highly exaggerated given the biographies of the players involved, three of whom had never played for Lille. Last April the lawyer of the club Italian had defended the “correctness of a transfer” Osimhen on the sidelines of another procedure initiated by the Italian sports judiciary against dozens of club, accusing account fraud. All of these club were acquitted in this sports court. “We demonstrated the sincerity of the process, clarifying how the value of Osimhen, and of the four players transferred from Napoli to Lille, was determined on the basis of technical considerations,” said the lawyer Mattia Grassani. in a note to the Courier. Sport newspaper. Of the four players signed by Lille, only Greek goalkeeper Orestes Karnesis, 36, actually joined club French. However, he only played one game in March 2021, until his contract was terminated on May 30. The other three players, on the other hand, were immediately loaned and then sold, given that they played last season in third and fourth division in Italy: striker Ciro Palmieri (22), winger Luigi Liguori (24) and defense magnate Claudio Manzi (22). Last December Liguori admitted to La Repubblica that he “never went to Lille”, not even to sign the contract. This player, who was sold to Lille for around four million euros, expressed his “anger” after this agreement, which “affected” his football career. (AFP)