Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is under investigation for the clubs transfer deal involving Victor Osimhen. La Repubblica newspaper report that the magistrates of the Rome Public Prosecutor’s Office have finished their investigation against the Napoli president. Other members of the Neapolitan club are also under investigation. ANSA reports that the Partenopei patron risks ending up on trial for false accounting.
Osimhen was bought by Napoli in the summer of 2020 and an initial investigation, by sporting justice, had been closed without the finding of sporting offences against the club and its president. The National Federal Court of the FIGC for the capital gains case did not accept the request of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, which had asked for a 11 months and 5 days ban.
The ordinary justice investigation into the alleged fictitious capital gains around Osimhen’s purchase and sale had already been initiated by the Naples public prosecutor’s office, but was moved to Rome last August, where the Campione d’Italia club’s balance sheet was approved.
The Naples public prosecutor’s office had started investigations and put De Laurentiis on the register of suspects with his wife (who is vice-president of the club), two children and some members of the board of directors. The striker had been bought for €70 million plus €10 million in bonuses. Four Napoli players were included in the deal, the then third goalkeeper Karnezis (valued at €4.8 million) and three players who were in the Primavera team at the time: Palmieri (€7 million), Manzi (€4m) and Liguori (€4m). The three youngsters from the youth academy quickly returned to Italy on loan and continued their careers in lower categories.