By: Gyang Dakwo
Chelsea has prepared to offer Napoli star Victor Osimhen a huge salary to secure his signing in the summer transfer window ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The Nigerian striker has scored 21 goals and provided a further four assists in 26 appearances across all competitions so far this season, firing Napoli to the top of the Serie A table.
United have been heavily linked with a move for Osimhen after agreeing to terminate Cristiano Ronaldo’s contract ahead of the World Cup in Qatar as they look to replace the five-time Ballon d’Or winner this summer.
The Blues are in need of a clinical number nine this summer with Romelu Lukaku unlikely to stay at Stamford Bridge when he returns from his loan at Inter Milan, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz have both struggled for form in front of goal this season.
According to ‘football.london’, Christopher Nkunku has agreed a pre-contract to sign for Chelsea at the end of the season which will boost Graham Potter’s options in attack. Also Todd Boehly is expected to move on a number of first team players including the likes of Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech, which may pave the way for Osimhen to join the squad – but it will take a huge bid to lure him away from Naples.
Chelsea have already spent over £600 million on new signings in just two transfer windows since the Boehly and Clearlake Capital consortium completed a £4 billion takeover at Stamford Bridge. Mykhailo Mudryk, Raheem Sterling, Noni Madueke and Joao Felix have all come into the team to bolster the attack, but the Blues have only scored 24 goals in 25 Premier League fixtures so far this season.
The need for a clinical striker is clear and Osimhen would certainly fit the bill for the Blues. The Nigerian is one of the best finishers in Europe this term and has all the attributes needed to thrive in the Premier League given his height, pace and physicality.