Done Deal: Victor Osimhen passes medical to completed Napoli move

Super Eagles strik­er, Victor Osimhen has completed his medicals ahead of his move to Italian’s side Napoli.

Osimhen has been locked in talks with Napoli who have agreed a reported 81m deal with Lille.

According to Germa­ny-based Nigerian journal­ist, Oma Akatugba who is close to the striker, an an­nouncement is imminent after the medicals which showed the Nigeria inter­national in top health.

“Medicals done @victo­rosimhen9 is in top health. Everyone in Naples are happy. The club president is smiling from ear to ear. The announcement will happen soon,” Akatuga said on Twitter.

This will bring to an end the many complications that threatened to scupper the move.

It will be recalled that Osimhen visited Naples in June to meet with Napoli owner, Aurelio De Lauren­tiis and coach Gennaro Gattuso although it was said that he was not keen on the move after the meet­ing.

DAILY INDEPENDENT gathered that the striker went on to part ways with his two European agents who reportedly were going after their interest in their negotiations with Napoli.

The move however, will continue Osimhen’s career rise after a fantastic season with Lille. In the 2019/2020 season, the 21-year-old scored 18 goals in 31 games in all competition with six assists.

The move became inev­itable as Gattuso revealed that first-choice striker, Arkadiusz Milik wants to leave this summer, and if the Super Eagles striker fi­nally joins the Serie A side for the touted 81m fee, he will make history as their costliest signing ever.

We learnt that the high­est Napoli have paid so far for a new player was 39mil­lion for the transfer of Ar­gentine striker, Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid in 2013.

The Italian tactician ad­mits Milik wants a change of scenery as the star for­ward eyes an exit.

“It’s difficult to find someone better than Mi­lik,” Gattuso told Sky Sport Italia.

“However, when a player believes his time at a club is over and he wants a change of scenery, you have to lis­ten to him.

“You can’t try to keep someone against their will, or it’s difficult to get them to listen or have the right mentality. You have to respect the wishes of the player.”

Determined to end the lin­gering division in the fight for the right of Nigerian players, the two factional Nigeria players’ unions have come together and set up a committee to unite both parties.

The National Associa­tion of Nigeria Footballers (NANF) and the National Association of Nigeria Pro­fessional Footballers (NAN­PF) have set up a committee to marshal out road map on how to facilitate a unifying and harmonised players’ union in the country.

In a release made avail­able to our correspondent and signed by NANF Pres­ident, Mr. Harrison Jalla, after a peace meeting held on Friday, the committee set up is to relinquish the differences and pave way for a new vibrant players’ union.

He thanked the Chair­man of Surulere Local Gov­ernment Council in Lagos State, Hon. Tajudeen Ajide


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