The Super Eagles striker is reportedly close to € 50 million moving to Serie A after his impressive debut campaign at Lille
Former Victor Osimhen agent Jean-Gerard Benoit Czajka has revealed how he talked with Naples president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Senegalese Defender Kalidou Koulibaly changes a little star mindset about Italy.
That Nigeria international, who is said to be on the verge of moving to the Stadio San Paolo this summer, is concerned with the incident of racism in League, and his initial fear affected his negotiations with the Parthenopeans.
Benoit Czajka, who was Osimhen’s representative until this month before they separated for an undisclosed reason, said the 21-year-old was even ready to reject an annual salary of € 10 million from Juventus if they move because of their fear.
“Victor doesn’t want to go to Italy. “From the start, he was stuck on the idea of playing in Serie A,” said Benoit Czajka French Football.
“He told me that the problem of racism scared him and he didn’t feel it. He even told me in March-April: “I don’t want to go and play in Italy even if it’s for Juventus with € 10 million net per year”.
“I told Victor that before he had a strong idea, he had to travel to see for himself, meet people, talk to players who were faced with racism, etc.
“Something we finally did on 1, 2 and 3 July where we met with coaches, sporting directors, and president De Laurentiis who was a man with values and experience, and who seemed to have convinced the players. Victor also talked a lot with Kalidou Koulibaly and this made his choice for Napoli. “
Osimhen enjoyed an extraordinary debut season in Korea France, scored 13 League 1 a goal for Lille which ended the campaign in fourth place before the league was canceled due to a coronavirus outbreak.
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Benoit Czajka revealed that an agreement between Lille and Napoli had been reached “for a long time” and the French club might not be happy with the inconsistency of the agreement.
“We have been in contact with them since March,” he added. “With Covid, we finally managed to meet at the end of May, beginning of June at Monaco with Giuntoli and then we moved in with the player in early July in Naples.
“For more details, if we go to Italy it’s because the two clubs have agreed for a long time and they told us. I think Lille doesn’t appreciate that Victor comes and returns without signing his contract. “