The Nigerian forward’s move from Lille to Napoli and a couple of other completed deals during this summer have shaken up the rankings of the continent’s costliest stars
Victor Osimhen is now a Napoli player after agreeing to join the Serie A giants in a transfer that has set I Partenopei back a few million euros.
But where does the former Lille lad rank on the list of Africa’s most expensive players of all time?
The Ivorian has just been knocked off the exalted position he assumed only last summer.
Nicolas Pepe spent only two years with Lille before joining Arsenal on a five-year deal for a club-record transfer fee of $94 million, surpassing the $71 million spent on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the previous year.
Pepe, at the time, had enjoyed a sensational campaign with Les Dogues, scoring 22 goals (the second most in Ligue 1), creating 11 assists (the most in the league), earning himself a spot in Ligue 1’s Team of the Year.
His stats were so incredible that Barcelona’s Lionel Messi was the only other player to score more than 20 goals and provide more than ten assists in Europe’s top five leagues last season.
The 24-year-old has not hit the ground running in England, but he provided the assist for the winning goal to help Arsenal beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final of the 2020 FA Cup.