Prosecutors revealed on Tuesday that Napoli is being probed for possible fraudulent accounting in the transfer agreement that brought Nigerian Victor Osimhen to the Serie A team.
Prosecutors in Naples stated in a statement that Italian financial police examined Naples’ Castel Volturno and Rome offices for papers pertaining to Osimhen’s €70 million ($73.9 million) relocation from Lille in 2020.
They also said that the searches were conducted in response to demands from both Italian and French legal authorities, with Lille already being the target of a search last month.
According to Italian media, club owner Aurelio de Laurentiis is also being investigated.
Osimhen’s move was one of the hundreds of dubious transactions investigated by Italian Football Federation (FIGC) inspectors as part of an investigation into allegedly inflated transfer valuations intended to bolster clubs’ balance sheets.
The agreement distinguished observers because it included four players worth little more than 20 million euros heading to Lille as part of the deal.
Three of them never played for the French club and are presently playing in the lower levels of Italy.
After being sold for four million euros, one of the latter trio, Luigi Liguori, informed the Italian newspaper La Repubblica in December that he “never went to Lille” – not even to sign the deal.
De Laurentiis was one of 61 persons exonerated of any wrongdoing by the FIGC’s own tribunal in April, including a slew of Juventus directors.
After prosecutors built their own values on data from the prominent website Transfermarkt, the defendants successfully contended that there was no objective method to determine a player’s worth.