ROME (AP) — Hans Jeppson, a former Napoli striker from Sweden who was once the subject of one of the most expensive transfers in football, has died. He was 87.

Djurgarden, Jeppson's former Swedish club, said he died early Friday at his home in Rome, but did not specify the cause of death.

In 1952, Napoli paid what was a huge fee of 150 million Lire to acquire Jeppson from Atalanta. As a result, he earned the nickname "o Banco 'e Napule" — Bank of Naples.

Djurgarden said that deal made Jeppson the most expensive player in the world.

Jeppson scored 52 goals in 112 appearances for Napoli from 1952-56, placing him 11th on the club's all-time scoring list.

Jeppson also played for Sweden, helping the squad to a third-place finish at the 1950 World Cup in Brazil. He scored nine goals in 12 games for the national team, according to Djurgarden.

Napoli has asked to wear black armbands in Jeppson's honor for its match at Udinese on Monday, and to observe a minute's silence before kickoff.

 

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