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Italian FA probing suspect player transfers

The Italian Football Federation confirmed to AFP on Wednesday media reports that it has opened an investigation into a series of suspicious transfers.

Dailies La Repubblica and Il Tempo reported that Serie A’s supervisory commission COVISOC has sent to FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and the body’s lead prosecutor Giuseppe Chine a report on 62 transfers over 2019-2021.

The FIGC told AFP that its prosecutors had opened the probe, but did not say how many transfers were being investigated.  

The operations are suspected of being carried out with the aim of inflating the value of certain players for accounting purposes, or using player exchanges to help balance the books.

Italian media claim that the vast majority of transfers contained in COVISOC’s report involve Juventus.

However possibly the biggest transfer included in the report according to Gazzetta Dello Sport is Victor Osimhen’s move to Napoli last year.

Two of the four players who went to Lille from Napoli as part of the 70 million euro deal — and were collectively valued at 20 million euros—now play in Italy’s fourth-tier Serie D.

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