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Osimhen set to become Africa’s costliest footballer


Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen, is set to become Africa’ s costliest footballer, with a reported € 81 m ( £ 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 £ 72 m 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 £ 65 m 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 £ 60 m in July 2018 .
Pierre -Emerick Aubameyang joined Arsenal for £ 56 m 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 .75 m , is Africa ’s fifth costliest footballer.

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