Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen has caught the attention of Chelsea as the club seeks to address its challenges in converting chances on the field. Osimhen, who played a pivotal role in Napoli’s Serie A title victory last season with 31 goals, has continued to impress this season, making him a standout prospect for the Blues.
The interest in Osimhen comes amid Chelsea’s struggles to capitalize on scoring opportunities, prompting coach Mauricio Pochettino to identify the Nigerian forward as a potential solution. Chelsea is also reportedly considering Brentford forward Ivan Toney, valued at £100 million, and 18-year-old Antonio Nusa from Club Brugge.
While Nusa has limited experience with seven career goals, he is regarded as one of Europe’s highly anticipated wonderkids, having already made four appearances for Norway. Toney, on the other hand, boasts a track record of goal-scoring expertise.
Despite the varied qualities presented by all three players, Osimhen stands out due to his stellar performance as one of Europe’s top strikers in the previous season. The 24-year-old, currently recovering from a hamstring injury, has scored six goals in Serie A this season.
Osimhen had previously been linked to a move to the Premier League before the current season began, expressing his admiration for the league. With his current contract at Napoli set to expire in 2025, discussions about extending his stay at the Diego Maradona Stadium until 2026 are reportedly underway.
Chelsea is expected to make a decision on its January transfer window plans in mid-December. Napoli, aware of the interest in Osimhen, may attempt to retain him through the summer, with the striker being a crucial asset for the Italian club.