Napoli star striker Victor Osimhen is in Chelsea’s sights as manager Mauricio Pochettino looks to add a proven goalscorer to his squad. Osimhen, who has been a staple at Napoli for some time, established himself as one of Europe’s best strikers last season, scoring 31 goals in 39 games and leading Napoli to their first Serie A title in more than three decades.
Osimhen’s impressive form has not gone unnoticed by Chelsea as they look to strengthen their attacking line. According to reports from GiveMeSport, the Nigerian striker tops Pochettino’s list of targets in his search for a world-class striker.
Chelsea is preparing to close a signing of 172 million
However, signing Osimhen will not be an easy or economical task for Chelsea. Paris Saint-Germain reportedly showed interest in the Nigerian player over the summer but was asked to submit a bid of around £172m to secure his signature.
Napoli signed Osimhen in the summer of 2020 from LOSC Lille, and since then he has proven to be one of the best strikers in Italy, justifying his high price on the market.
Chelsea, aware of the competition they face for Osimhen, is evaluating other options. Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins are also reported to be on the Blues’ list of potential signings. The London club will closely monitor the situation of these three players and will consider making moves in January if the opportunity arises.
Chelsea have experienced difficulties in the center-forward position since the Diego Costa era, and none of the players who have occupied that position have managed to live up to expectations. Despite the arrival of Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian has failed to make a significant impact on his return to the club.
Current Chelsea striker Nicolas Jackson has had to take on the responsibility in the forward line due to Christopher Nkunku’s injury. However, his scoring output has been limited, scoring just one goal in five Premier League appearances.
Chelsea is looking for a quality striker who can find the net on a regular basis, and Osimhen fits that profile perfectly. It remains to be seen whether Pochettino can convince the Nigerian striker to make the move to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea’s interest in Osimhen demonstrates his determination to strengthen his attack and compete at the highest level.