In the wake of Chelsea’s defeat to Newcastle, Victor Osimhen has again been tipped for a move to Stamford Bridge. Nicolas Jackson failed to register a shot on Saturday, so the media are now touting the 24-year-old as his successor.
Mike McGrath of the Telegraph says Chelsea want a striker in January and have Osimhen atop of their transfer list. The Nigerian international’s future at Napoli looked uncertain after September’s social media debacle, but the air has since cooled.
Osimhen is one of Europe’s best
Osimhen, who recently returned from a hamstring injury, has six goals and one assist from 9 Serie A appearances this season. He boasts 20 goals in 27 games for the national team, so it’s easy to see why Chelsea want him.
The Blues struggled for goals earlier in the season, failing to score in three of their first six league games. Chelsea have netted nine goals from their last three outings, however, so things are much-improved.
Mauricio Pochettino has Jackson (6 goals) and Armando Broja (1 goal) while Christopher Nkunku is a makeshift option when fit. The in-form Raheem Sterling (5 goals, 1 assist) is an able deputy too. Osimhen won’t come cheap to sign if Chelsea really want him though.
How much will Osimhen cost?
The 24-year-old scored 26 goals in 32 Serie A games last season, so he’s one of Europe’s hottest strikers. Napoli have him tied down until 2025 too, so they still hold all the cards in negotiations. Osimhen’s asking price was rumoured to be £150m back in Spring, but he might be available for £100m.
Chelsea have spent £1bn on new players since Todd Boehly’s takeover in 2022, so they won’t be priced out of a move. The only issue is Napoli letting a key player leave midway through the campaign. Big January transfers are hard to get over the line as the window is brief and clubs have settled squads.
Chelsea may want Osimhen after he fired Napoli to the Serie A title in 2023, but a deal is more likely next summer. The transfer window would give Napoli time to source a replacement if they’re powerless to keep Osimhen. That wouldn’t be possible in January.