Chelsea still have Victor Osimhen on their radar, with a move for the 23-year-old not likely to be ruled out at this stage.
According to Matt Law via the London Is Blue podcast, Chelsea may be interested in Victor Osmhen, with the reliable journalist refusing to rule out a move for the exploside 23-year-old Napoli striker. The Blues are in the market for a proven centre-forward and are linked to several names.
Chelsea’s business in the summer transfer window is far from done, with Thomas Tuchel keen on bringing in more players to improve his squad. After completing the signing of Marc Cucurella in a £62 million deal, the west Londoners are also eyeing a high-profile move for Leicester City’s Wesley Fofana.
Besides defensive reinforcements, Chelsea are keen to strengthen their attacking lineup further. The arrival of Raheem Sterling ensured they have a quality replacement in the frontline after sanctioning the departure of Romelu Lukaku.
But there is still space for a new frontman, as Sterling likes to play out wide and could be considered a replacement for Timo Werner, who has re-joined RB Leipzig. And Werner’s exit has created a void in the offensive unit.
The idea is to bring a new No.9 with a formidable record and improve the quality Tuchel already has at his disposal. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s name has been mentioned, but reports have claimed that the Barcelona striker is uninterested in joining Chelsea.
While Tuchel remains keen on signing the former Arsenal striker, Chelsea might keep tabs on other options, namely Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. The 23-year-old Nigerian international has been on the radars of several Premier League clubs throughout the summer transfer window and is also being monitored by the Blues.
Osimhen has proven his status as one of the top marksmen in Europe after a few impressive seasons with Napoli. The explosive striker could be open to a new challenge, but the Serie A club’s high asking price has prevented him from moving anywhere. The Partenopei rejected an earlier mammoth offer from Arsenal and could stick to their colossal valuation.
Chelsea’s spending patterns suggest they may not be deterred by Napoli’s demands for the 23-year-old striker, and they might find a way to agree on a deal. Matt Law insists a move for Osimhen cannot be ruled out just yet, and much more activity could happen between now and the end of the window.
Osimhen, or whoever is the new No.9 that arrives at Chelsea, will be considered the replacement for Lukaku. The Blues desperately need such a player as Tuchel may not be able to rely solely on Kai Havertz to carry them through a long season.