Ahead of Victor Osimhen’s move to Serie A side Napoli, Belgium international Dries Mertens has promised to help the Nigerian settle at the club.
The 21-year-old is at the verge of completing a 5-year-old with the Partenopei after the Italian club agreed a €50m (22.7Billion) + add-ons deal with Lille, according to reports.
“I want to help the team and the young people, that’s my future. I want to help Osimhen and Andrea Petagna, we can play together. It’s difficult to come from another country and settle in, we must help them fit in here.” Mertens told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.
Lille will receive €50m from Napoli payable over five years, plus bonuses tied principally to the Italian sides’ ability to progress in the Champions League (from quarterfinal through trophy winners), essentially a percentage of prize earnings Napoli would get from UEFA. Osimhen will earn around an average of €4m (N1.8Billion) after taxes annually plus bonuses.
The transfer of Osimhen to Napoli has gone on for a while with the Nigerian changing representatives due monetary issues and even needing assurance from Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly that it is safe to play in Italy.
Osimhen enjoyed a fantastic 2019/2020 season, scoring 18 goals with six assists in 38 matches for Lille in all competitions.