Former Lille President defends Osimhen's transfer
As reported by Italian news outlet napolicalciolive, Lopez argued that there were no wrongdoings in the deal that he oversaw while he was president of Lille.
Lopez specifically argued that the money received from the Osimhen deal saved the club while the players that were part of the exchange were worth their valuation.
Lopez said: "There were 40 million that the club had to cover for the Covid period. I can say that that transfer saved the club.
“To say that today the players obtained in exchange are not worth a nail does not interest me. There are many cases of players who are valued with high figures. I don’t care about that.”
What is the controversy surrounding Victor Osimhen's transfer?
The controversy surrounding Osimhen's transfer continues to linger as the Italian and French authorities look into a deal that reportedly cost €81m in 2020.
The latest round of investigation reportedly sprung up when the new management team at Lille alleged that the Ligue 1 club never got full value from the deal that saw their prized asset leave for the Italian club after just one season at Lille.
Lille alleges that they only got €36m upfront from the deal despite being entitled to €50m upfront with another €10m said to be tied to performance-based add-ons from the deal.
The outstanding €21m is said to be the valuation of four Napoli players; goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis and three youth team players Luigi Liguori, Claudio Manzi and Ciro Palmieri; that were supposed to move to Lille as part of the Osimhen deal.
However, none of the players is said to have joined the Ligue 1 club, instead moving to Serie C sides before seeing their contracts terminated the following year.