Osimhen, 24, is one of world football’s top goal-getters, and the Nigerian’s goals last term helped Napoli secure the Serie A title.
Chelsea is a club very much in transition, on and off the pitch. They recruited heavily this summer, which included bringing in former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino to steer the ship. And, while they also forked out big money for striker Nicolas Jackson, the Blues have struggled to convert chances consistently, which means they could once again turn their attention to Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
Osimhen, 24, is one of world football’s top goal-getters, and the Nigerian’s goals last term helped Napoli secure the Serie A title. Chelsea have tried and failed to sign the attacker previously as they’re convinced he could recreate his goalscoring form in the UK. His arrival would certainly see Premier League betting markets shift towards the Blues being in line for success, and the West Londoners could have more of a chance to sign him now than ever before.
While Osimhen is undoubtedly Napoli’s talisman and their prized asset, there have recently been ongoing problems between the club and the Nigerian, making the latter understandably unhappy. He’s not expressed a desire to leave, but recent events could give Chelsea the belief they need to enter talks with the Italian champions.
On the pitch, the striker’s season couldn’t have got off to a better start, with three goals scored in the first two games, which also saw Napoli take maximum points. However, it was then three games without a win or a goal for Osimhen, which is where the initial problem arose. But as you’d expect from a player of his calibre, he’s managed to score a goal in Napoli’s last three Serie A fixtures, which included two victories and then a defeat at the hands of Fiorentina.
Osimhen has six goals from eight appearances in Serie A so far, which is a better return than Jackson’s two from seven, but it’s worth noting that the latter is only twenty-two and still finding his feet in the Premier League. But for Chelsea, a club that is spending hundreds of millions, they don’t want to wait for success, and they don’t want to not be playing Champions League football next season, either.
It’s unlikely that there will be a desire to keep spending at the rate they have without any return, especially with the Blues well of the pace in the league at present. Still, for a player of Osimhen’s quality, and because there will be a real belief he can solve the problems plaguing the team in front of goal, the ownership group could likely be convinced to enter the market once again.
Chelsea have the funds; if they didn’t, they could create them by selling more players from their bloated squad. But whether they have the funds needed to meet Napoli’s asking price remains to be seen. And there’s also the stumbling block of Osimhen being involved at AFCON 2024 in January, which could see him unavailable until the second week of February. That being said, if they want their man, this could be the time to strike.