Chelsea Reportedly Sent Scouts to Watch Victor Osimhen in Napoli and Barcelona's UCL Clash

Chelsea Reportedly Sent Scouts to Watch Victor Osimhen in Napoli and Barcelona's UCL Clash

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at February 23, 2024 at 7:29 AM
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  • Chelsea are seemingly keeping a close eye on Super Eagles striker, Victor Osimhen
  • The Blues reportedly sent scouts to Napoli and Barcelona's Champions League game
  • Osimhen has been identified as one of Chelsea’s top transfer targets in the summer

Chelsea are not relenting in their pursuit of Victor Osimhen and seem to be doing everything possible to sign the Super Eagles forward, who is top on their list of targets for next summer.

The Blues are determined to beat Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain to the signature of the 25-year-old, following his goal-scoring exploits for Napoli since he joined the Serie A giants.

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Napoli's Victor Osimhen is a top target for English Premier League giants, Chelsea, ahead of next summer's transfer window. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop.
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According to GOAL, Chelsea sent scouts to watch Osimhen in Napoli's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg game against Barcelona at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium on February 21.

The Nigerian forward, who was said to have had conversations with the West London club about a move last season, is clearly still of interest to the team, who have struggled up front in the Premier League.

Osimhen signed a new contract with Napoli late in 2023, guaranteeing him the right to leave in the Serie A club this summer - but only if a team is ready to pay the prescribed €120-130 million release fee.

Chelsea preparing mega offer for Osimhen

Meanwhile, Chelsea are thought to be readying a big deal for transfer target, Osimhen, with the player looking to follow the same path as his idol, Didier Drogba, Football Fancast reports.

The Blues’ pursuit of the Super Eagles striker has been ongoing for months now, with the Nigeria forward believed to prefer a transfer to England to chart a course similar to the Ivorian legend.

The report also states Osimhen's earnings per week with Napoli are said to be in excess of £250,000. This means the Serie A champions could pocket more than £90mil from 2024 to 2031.

Osimhen scores against struggling Barcelona

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Osimhen equalised for Napoli against Barcelona as the two teams drew in their Champions League Round of 16 first-leg clash.

The visitors took the lead through Robert Lewandowski, with the Italian giants facing the prospect of losing in front of the home fans at the Diego Maradona Stadium.

In the 75th minute, however, Osimhen outmanoeuvred his marker after receiving a pass on the edge of the box, bringing Napoli level in what ended as a draw.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..