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Napoli’s Osimhen Deal Under Scrutiny as FIGC Probes His Transfer From Lille

Victor Osimhen

January 22, (THEWILL) – The prosecutor of the Italian Football Federation (the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio – FIGC), in the capital gains case, which resulted in a 15-point deduction against Juventus, has requested paperwork related to Napoli’s purchase of Victor Osimhen.

As THEWILL previously reported, the discovery of financial impropriety in the management of player transfer dealings led to a 15-point penalty being slapped on the Old Lady. Now, Giuseppe Chiné, the FIGC prosecutor, is turning his attention to Napoli.

In the Juventus case, the Prisma investigation by the Turin prosecutor’s office was reopened because new evidence was found to support the prosecution of the case. The inclusion of self-accusatory statements were crucial to the verdict and without these comments, it is almost impossible to target a club in such cases.

For this reason, prosecutor Chiné will ask the Naples Public Prosecutor’s Office for the details of the accounting investigation involving Napoli President, Aurelio De Laurentiis. THEWILL recalls that the Osimhen deal with Lille raised questions as it included the transfer of four relatively unknown players, who were valued at €20-30m.

It is yet to be ascertained if the investigation will lead to a similar verdict as in the Juventus case, however, suspicions about the deal bordered on the fact that none of the four other players involved ever played for Lille and eventually had their contracts terminated by mutual consent, allowing them to walk away as free agents.