Super Eagles striker , Victor Osimhen , is set to become Africa ’ s costliest footballer , with a reported € 81m (£ 73. 6 m ) 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 £ 72m 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.
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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 £ 56m 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. 75m , is Africa ’ s fifth costliest footballer .
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