Victor Osimhen: Chelsea Begin Negotiations With Napoli Ahead of Summer Move

Victor Osimhen: Chelsea Begin Negotiations With Napoli Ahead of Summer Move

Chukwu Ikechukwu
April 19, 2024 at 9:04 AM
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  • Chelsea have kick-started talks with Napoli to sign Victor Osimhen
  • The Nigerian star is one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe
  • Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal are also being linked with Osimhen

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Chelsea’s plot to sign Victor Osimhen this summer has kicked off fully as the Londoners have started negotiations with the Napoli star over a possible transfer.

The 25-year-old forward has been top of the Blues' radar as they seek to sign a marquee centre-forward ahead of the 2024/25 season after an underwhelming campaign so far.

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Victor Osimhen has one year left on his current Napoli contract and has been touted to leave the club at the end of the season. Photo by NurPhoto.
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According to PSG Talk, transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea has started negotiations with Napoli for Osimhen, but they are moving slowly to seal the deal for the Nigerian.

“Chelsea have already started discussions with Napoli for Victor Osimhen, but they are moving slowly.
“The goalscorer has always been the priority for Chelsea. But before negotiating a deferred payment of the release clause, the Blues must first resolve the problem of who will leave before fully focusing on Osimhen.”

Chelsea will, however, have to contend for the signature of Osimhen with top clubs like Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, and Manchester United, who have also signalled their interest in the Napoli forward.

How Chelsea to raise Osimhen’s funds

Meanwhile, Chelsea are willing to offload three top players from their squad in the summer to fund the transfer for Napoli forward Osimhen which will cost the Blues in excess of £120 million, Football Fancast reports.

Conor Gallagher, Trevoh Chalobah, and Romelu Lukaku are top of the list of players the Londoners plan to offload to raise money for the deal for the 25-year-old Nigerian forward.

All three players are on a combined £425k-per-week wage at Chelsea which they plan to get rid of to aid their pursuit of Osimhen who has scored 13 goals in 20 Serie A games for Napoli this season.

Chelsea urged to sign Osimhen

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Gabriel Agbonlahor has urged Chelsea to sign Osimhen to replace the struggling Nicolas Jackson in the summer transfer window.

Jackson joined the Blues from Villareal for €37 million last summer but has struggled to impress in the Premier League, scoring 10 goals and assisting four times in 28 games.

Agbonlahor believes the Ivorian forward is not Chelsea's messiah, prompting manager Mauricio Pochettino to sign top-rated striker Osimhen.

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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..