Victor Osimhen has become the 6th most expensive signing in the history of Italian Serie A after joining Napoli from French Ligue 1 club Lille. The deal which took over three months to complete was officially sealed last weekend.
According to reports, the 21-year-old Nigerian forward signed a 5-year deal with the Italian Serie A club which is worth between 70 to 80 million euros. Osimhen landed this deal in less than one year after he signed for Lille from RSC Charleroi for just €22.40 million on 1 August 2019.
While at Lille, he featured in 38 competitive matches, scoring 18 goals and made 6 assists. Osimhen ended the 2019/2020 season as Lille’s best footballer, 5th highest goalscorer in the league, and the best African player in the league.
The next chapter @officialsscnapoli is a very exciting one and I can’t wait to get on the pitch with the team , I want to thank the fans through the last few weeks,and I will definitely give my all on pitch for the common good of the club🙏🏽#ForzaNapoliSempre 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/zIGWTLpSeI— victor osimhen (@victorosimhen9) July 31, 2020
Below are the 10 most expensive signing in the history of Italian Serie A, Victor Osimhen currently sits 6th:
- Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo is the most expensive signing that an Italian Serie A club has ever done. The Portuguese left-winger holds this record after he moved from Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid to Juventus prior to the 2018-2019 season for a transfer fee worth €117 million.
- Gonzalo Higuaín
Gonzalo Higuaín is the second most expensive signing ever made by an Italian club. This record was made in the 2016-2017 season when the Argentine center-forward moved from Napoli to Juventus for a transfer fee worth €90 million.
- Matthijs de Ligt
Matthijs de Ligt is the third biggest move in the Serie A. The Netherlands center-back joined this list in the 2019-2020 season when he moved from Ajax to Juventus for a transfer fee worth €85.50 million.
- Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku joined the list of the most expensive signing in Serie A when the Belgium center-forward moved to Inter Milan from Manchester United in the 2019-2020 season for a transfer fee worth €74 million.
Arthur became a part of this list prior to the forthcoming 2020-2021 season after the Brazilian center-midfielder left FC Barcelona for Juventus for a transfer fee worth €72 million.
- Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen is the most recent member of the list after the Nigerian center-forward landed his mega move from Lille to Napoli for a transfer fee worth over €70 million.
- Hernán Crespo
Hernán Crespo is one of the oldest footballers on this list which the retired Argentine Centre-forward joined after his €56.81 million move from Parma to Lazio in 2000/2001 season.
- Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon is the only goalkeeper on this list. The Italian football veteran became the most expensive goalkeeper and one of the most expensive players in the world when he joined Juventus from Parma in the 2001/2002 season for €52.88 million.
- Gaizka Mendieta
Gaizka Mendieta is also one of the oldest footballers on this list which the Spanish midfielder joined when he moved to Lazio from Valencia in the 2001/2002 season for €48 million.
- Christian Vieri
Christian Vieri is the oldest footballer on this list. He was the most expensive signing in the Serie A when the retired Italian/Australia center-forward joined Inter Milan from Lazio in the 1999-200 season for €46.48 million.