Victor Osimhen's former agent Franco Iovino of Star Factory claimed the 21-year-old dumped his agency on the advice of Lille, who wanted to sell him only to Napoli because of the relationship between the Presidents of the clubs.
The Nigeria international delivered stunning performances in his debut campaign for the Parthenopeans which generated interest from a number of European clubs including Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and the Parthenopeans.
Napoli have been in the front of the race to secure the signature of Osimhen but negotiations for the transfer was delayed with Iovino revealing the forward was hesitant in completing the deal.
Last week, L'Equipe revealed negotiations have now reopened after the highly-rated striker made up his mind to join the Stadio San Paolo outfit and Goal confirmed Osimhen changed his agent.
“It was not clear what happened. Perhaps something fishy went down, probably between the Presidents of Lille and Napoli,” Iovino told Radio Punto Nuovo, as per Football Italia.
“The negotiations didn’t slow down because of Star Factory but because the player kept hesitating. William D’Avila is a home agent in Lille. The club will surely have advised Osimhen to leave us and go with him.
“They will certainly have promised him money. Lille for some reason wanted to only sell to Napoli because there’s an excellent relationship between the Presidents.
“At the moment, my company doesn’t need to look itself in the mirror, the two clubs do.”
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