Napoli probed over suspected Osimhen transfer fraud

Napoli probed over suspected Osimhen transfer fraud

Napoli probed over suspected Osimhen transfer fraud

Napoli probed over suspected Osimhen transfer fraud

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  • Napoli under investigation for possible false accounting in Victor Osimhen transfer.
  • Napoli owner Aurelio de Laurentiis also under investigation, Italian media report.
  • Serie A club’s offices searched as part of probe into suspicious transfers.
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Napoli is being investigated for possible false accounting in the transfer deal that brought Nigerian Victor Osimhen to the Serie A club, Prosecutors confirmed on Tuesday.

Italian finance police searched Napoli’s Castel Volturno and Rome offices to collect documents related to Osimhen’s 70 million euro ($73.9 million) move from Lille in 2020, according to prosecutors in Naples.

They added that the searches come following requests from both Italian and French judicial authorities, with Lille having been also been the subject of a search in last month.

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Italian media report that club owner Aurelio de Laurentiis was also under investigation.

Osimhen’s transfer was one of dozens of suspicious deals looks by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) investigators in a probe into allegedly inflated transfer values designed to artificially boost clubs’ balance sheets.

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The deal stood out as it involved four players valued at just over 20 million euros moving to Lille as part of the deal.

Three of them never played for the French club and are now in Italy’s lower divisions.

One of the latter trio, Luigi Liguori, told Italian daily La Repubblica in December that he “never went to Lille” — not even to sign the contract — after being sold for four million euros.

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De Laurentiis was one of 61 people acquitted of any wrongdoing by the FIGC’s own tribunal in April, including a slew of Juventus directors.

After prosecutors based their own valuations on data from the popular website Transfermarkt, the defendants successfully argued that there was no objective way to determine a player’s worth.

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