Police raid takes place at Lille headquarters

L’Équipe report this afternoon that a police raid has taken place today at Lille’s headquarters, the Domaine de Luchin.

The judiciary police arrived at the club’s head offices and investigators went on to question several people, notably administrative and legal administrator Julien Mordacq.

The raid and questioning is potentially linked to proceedings around past transfers the club was involved in.

Les Dogues have blocked the payment of agent commissions for the last few months and brought in a law firm to carry out an internal investigation before they are paid. As a result, several complaints have been filed to the city’s commercial court as well as FIFA.

However, the police’s involvement could also be based around the transfer of striker Victor Osimhen to Napoli in the summer of 2020, for €71.3m. Four players – of which only Orestis Karnezis is still at the club – went the other way for €20.3m.

The other three were youth players who were ostensibly vastly overvalued and have since terminated their contract and play in the Italian lower divisions. The Nigerian’s move only brought in €36m for the club. Napoli were among the 11 clubs to be found not guilty by the Italian authorities over their transfer dealings and “ficticious added values”.

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