Napoli Patron Passes the Buck on Dubious Osimhen Deal

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was questioned for an hour in Rome amid the investigation into financing fraud resulting from the acquisition of Victor Osimhen back in the day. The striker’s valuation ballooned because four relatively unknown players transferred to Lille with disproportionate price tags as part of the deal.

According to La Repubblica, the Partenopei believe they can avoid the trial altogether. The chairman argued that the balance sheets were in good shape and didn’t need fake plusvalenze. They shelled out €50M cash for the striker. In addition, they paid taxes regularly on every transfer.

It wasn’t a proper interrogation as the Napoli president asked to tell his side of the story about the Osimhen operation to the detectives. He stated that his executives handled the negotiation entirely. Cristiano Giuntoli was the sporting director at the time. CEO Andrea Chiavelli held a power of attorney and still does.

If De Laurentiis was convincing enough, the sports justice, which is waiting for the ordinary one in this case, won’t open their own inquiry. Anyway, the punishments would be mild because it was an isolated episode, unlike Juventus.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, Napoli complied with Lille’s request in the Osimhen transfer. Les Dogues needed to tally sales for €105M to register for Ligue 1 that year. With this stratagem, they fictitiously raised the star’s price tag to reach their objective more easily.

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