Victor Osimhen: Napoli Rejects Chelsea’s Player Plus Cash Offer for Super Eagles Forward, Report

Victor Osimhen: Napoli Rejects Chelsea’s Player Plus Cash Offer for Super Eagles Forward, Report

Ero Samson
updated at April 8, 2024 at 10:48 AM
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  • Chelsea are one of the clubs said to be interested in signing Victor Osimhen
  • The Premier League club recently made an offer for the forward's services
  • Napoli have reportedly rejected Chelsea’s latest bid for the marquee striker

Victor Osimhen's goal-scoring prowess continues to capture the attention of several elite clubs across the globe.

Since guiding Napoli to the 2022-23 Serie A title, the Nigerian striker has become a prime target for numerous elite teams.

The 25-year-old has attracted reported interest from Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, and even a few clubs in the Saudi Pro League.

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Reported Chelsea target, Victor Osimhen, celebrates after scoring during the Serie A TIM match between AC Monza and SSC Napoli. Image: Emilio Andreoli.
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Among these suitors, Chelsea's pursuit appears the most vigorous, with former Premier League players openly advocating for his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

In a clear sign of their intent to secure the service of the Nigerian forward, the Blues have reportedly made a transfer offer for Osimhen ahead of the summer window.

Chelsea’s bid for Osimhen

According to a report from media outlet, Napoli Magazine, the Premier League side have submitted a player-plus-cash offer for the Super Eagles forward.

The report states the London club offered Romelu Lukaku plus cash - enough to match Napoli's estimated €130 million valuation of the forward.

However, it has been reported the Partenopei have rejected this transfer offer from Chelsea, stressing the club would prefer a straight cash deal if they were to consider selling their forward, largely due to the transfer windfall a sale of Osimhen would generate.

The report highlights that the English side is not backing down and is looking to facilitate the Nigerian ace's transfer by adding another forward, Armando Broja, to the deal.

It remains uncertain how the Napoli hierarchy will respond to this latest contract offering.

It is worth noting that Osimhen has scored 14 goals so far this season, according to data from Fotmob, a significant decrease from his previous impressive performances.

Osimhen’s struggles frustrate Napoli fans

Sports Brief earlier reported that Osimhen struggled against Atalanta recently, failing to threaten the defence and also receiving a booking for his efforts.

Napoli supporters expressed frustration by booing the team and social media users criticised the Nigerian striker for his lacklustre performance in the match.

Some are concerned that Osimhen is losing value due to the club's poor performances, while others feel he is the one dragging the Serie A champions down.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).