Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has completed a move to Serie A side Napoli in a deal worth £45 million to make him the most expensive Nigerian player in history.

The 21-year-old has signed a five-year contract with the Parthenopeans.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “SSC Napoli are delighted to announce the signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille on a permanent transfer.”

Osimhen came through the youth ranks at Ultimate Strikers Academy in Lagos and turned professional in Germany shortly after his 18th birthday when he joined Wolfsburg.

He spent the 2017/18 season in Germany before moving to Charleroi on loan the following year. He was an instant success in the Jupiler Pro League, netting 20 goals in 36 appearances.

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He joined Lille in 2019. In the 38 appearances he made for the French side, he netted 18 goals and recorded six assists in all competitions.

He was named the club’s Player of the Year and also scooped the Best African Player in Ligue 1 award.

Osimhen helped Nigeria win the U17 World Cup in 2015, when he finished as the tournament’s top scorer with 10 goals. He made his full Nigeria debut in June 2017, and so far has 10 caps and four goals to his name.

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