Rome’s DA office has opened an investigation on Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis with the accusation of accounting fraud. The matter is tied to the acquisition of Victor Osimhen from Lille in 2020. They just received the paperwork from their Neapolitans colleagues. The president’s holding company, Filmauro, is based in the Italian capital, La Repubblica informs.
The Italian finance police raided the training center and the local offices and collected documents in France in June 2022. On the sports side, the club was found not guilty in two degrees of judgment in the past.
On the other hand, that happened with Juventus at first too. The case was reopened later on after the inquiry found new evidence. The deal caught the attention of the authorities because of the valuations of the other players included.
Napoli officially signed Osimhen for €70M, but their four makeweights were estimated at €20M. Only one of them, backup goalie Orestis Karnezis, made his way to Lille. The other three, youngsters Claudio Manzi, Luigi Liguori, and Ciro Palmieri, never logged an appearance with Les Dogues. They eventually returned to Italy to play in the lower leagues.
Juventus were sentenced to a ten-point deduction due to fake plusvalenze. In their case, the wiretaps between executives suggested they created a system to use such an instrument to embellish their balance sheets.
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