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Sports News of Wednesday, 25 January 2023


Napoli not sweating over Osimhen's investigation

Osimhen joined Napoli in summer 2020 in a deal worth €75m Osimhen joined Napoli in summer 2020 in a deal worth €75m

Napoli remain confident they did nothing wrong with Victor Osimhen’s transfer from Lille two years ago.

This is according to the Club’s lawyer Fabio Fulgeri, who also represents Napoli president, Aurelio De Laurentiis.

The Serie A leaders are being investigated for the Nigerian striker’s €75m move, believing the club falsified capital gains in order to get the deal over the line.

About €20m of transfer fee was made up through player exchanges, leading to questions surrounding the true values of backup goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and youngsters Claudio Manzi, Luigi Liguori and Ciro Palmieri, who were part of the Osimhen deal.

Speaking to Radio Crc, Fulgeri was first asked if Napoli fans should be worried about the investigation.

“It’s a question that many of you are asking me, unfortunately I’m a simple criminal lawyer, the sporting trial ended positively for our team.

“The investigations are going in the direction of a deepening for the material to be acquired, but they are going in the direction of a favourable outcome.

“We are talking about a false accounting investigation concerning the Osimhen operation. The investigation started in France.”

The criminal lawyer also explained, if the case is similar to the Juventus capital gains case, which saw them docked 15 points by the FIGC court.

“The Osimhen case I don’t think can be compared to the Juventus case; Napoli didn’t do business with Juventus, so they are not involved. If no new elements emerge everything should end well.

“An extension has been requested in order to study the material acquired, it takes the necessary time to judge the documents acquired.

“I cannot even know what the object of the verification is, the investigations are secret, but the outlook is that the deal took place in a fair manner without falsification of the balance sheets,” Fulgeri commented.