Victor Osimhen will become the 35th Nigerian player to ply his trade in the Italian Serie A after the attacker completed his move from LOSC Lille of France to Napoli, Completesports.com reports.
The striker was a summer target for Arsenal and Chelsea, among a host of other Premier League clubs, but it was Gennaro Gattuso’s Napoli that won the race to sign him.
The 21-year-old was in stellar form for the Ligue 1, with the forward scoring 13 goals in 25 appearances as Lille finished the 2019-20 season in fourth place.
Osimhen only signed for the French Ligue 1 club last year from Sporting Charleroi after impressing on loan at the Belgian First Division A side in the 2018-19 season.
However, before Osimhen, there were as many as 34 Nigerians who have represented various clubs in the Serie A with Sunday Oliseh being the first ever from the country to play in Italy.
The Italian first division has been home to some of Nigeria’s finest talents, also including Taribo West, Obafemi Martins, Ogenyi Onazi, but Oliseh remains the trailblazer.
Oliseh excelled at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations which in turn helped him seal a move to Reggiana, becoming the first Nigeria international to feature in Serie A.
He spent just a year at Reggiana before heading to the German Bundesliga with FC Cologne. He later returned to Italy in 1999 to join Juventus under coach Carlo Ancelotti.
By Oluyemi Ogunseyin
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