De Laurentiis, Napoli President, under scrutiny in Osimhen false accounting inquiry

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis was questioned in an investigation into alleged false accounting in the signing of Victor Osimhen.

Osimhen False Accounting Case
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Today, Napoli’s president, Aurelio De Laurentiis, faced questioning in connection with an investigation into suspected false accounting related to the acquisition of Victor Osimhen. The deal, sealed in September 2020, was initially valued at €76,356,819, which included the purported market worth of four players transferred to Lille as part of the agreement.

These players were assessed at a combined market value of around €20 million, with individual values attributed as follows: Ciro Palmieri – €7,026,349, Orestis Karnezis – €5,128,205, Luigi Liguori – €4,071,247, and Claudio Manzi – €4,021,762. Investigators claim these valuations were inflated to benefit Napoli’s financial records.

According to Calciomercato.com, De Laurentiis, accompanied by his lawyer Fabio Fulgeri, appeared before the FIGC prosecutor’s office in Rome today. There, he underwent approximately 90 minutes of questioning conducted by deputy prosecutor Giuseppe Cascini as part of the inquiry into false accounting.

Liguori had previously commented on the matter in 2021, suggesting ulterior motives behind the Osimhen deal, stating, “It wasn’t a transaction made for us, for our future. It was for something else. We were ousted from Napoli with a sense of ‘guilt’ because we were kept in the dark.”

Napoli issued an official statement regarding De Laurentiis’ visit to the FIGC prosecutor’s office today, noting, “Aurelio De Laurentiis voluntarily requested to be questioned by the Public Prosecutors of the Rome Prosecutor’s Office as part of the ongoing investigations into the sale of footballer Victor Osimhen.”

Victor Osimhen

Victor James Osimhen

Forwarder

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Age: 26

186 cm

78 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 21 12 Missed
Minutes 1696 80.8 Avg
Goals 13 0.6 Avg
Assist 3 0.1 Avg
Attempt 35 1.7 Avg
Passes 220 10.568.7% AvgSucc
Yellow 5 0.2 Avg
Red 1 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 18 times for 1426 minutes for Serie A.

Victor Osimhen scored 11 goals for Napoli. He procured 3 assists. He received 5 yellow cards and 1 red card.

His team is currently 8th in Serie A. In the last match Napoli lost 3-0 against Atalanta.

Napoli performance and stats

Napoli

Manager: Francesco Calzona
Rank 8th
Win 13
Draw 10
Loss 10
Goals 50-41
Diff 9
Rank 2nd
Win 3
Draw 1
Loss 2
Goals 10-9
Diff 1

Napoli is currently 8th in the Serie A with 45 points.

In the last 30 games, it has won 12 times, drawn 9 times, and lost 9 times. In its last match, Napoli lost 0-3 against Atalanta.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 44 goals and conceding 36.​