Napoli president happy with Osimhen signing: ‘Gattuso really wanted him’

Napoli confirmed the capture of Victor Osimhen on Friday. The Nigerian striker has signed a multi-year with the Italian club after weeks of negotiations. Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis is very happy that Napoli have finally have their man and he has given more information with some details on the deal with Osimhen’s former club OSC Lille.

“We are very happy at Osimhen’s arrival,” said De Laurentiis on Radio Kiss Kiss. “The young man has been enchanted by Partenope (the ancient name for Naples, ndr). He will wear the Number 9 jersey.” Osimhen and Napoli had been negotiating for weeks and the striker switching agents in the middle of the talks did not help.

But De Laurentiis is very happy that he finally signed the player he and his coach wanted. “Gattuso really wanted to sign Osimhen. (Director of sport Cristiano) Giuntoli did a great job, because the lad changed his agents during the negotiations. Lille will receive circa €80m, while the player over the years will get between €4m and €4.5m per season.”