Osimhen transfer: How Super Eagles star could reinvigorate Chelsea, Arsenal and Man United

In the relentless chess game of football transfers, one name has emerged as the coveted prize, beckoning the attention of Premier League and French heavyweights – Victor Osimhen.

Super Eagles forward Osimhen, the prolific Napoli striker whose lethal combination of pace, power, and precision has ignited a bidding war among Europe's footballing elite.

As the transfer saga unfolds, every fan is wondering where Osimhen will end up and how his arrival could reshape the destinies of the clubs in contention.

In this analysis, we explore the potential impact of Osimhen's transfer, examining the tactical implications and envisioning the significant changes his presence could bring to Stamford Bridge, the Emirates, Old Trafford, and beyond.

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How would Osimhen slot in at Chelsea?

Suggesting that Chelsea's issues stem solely from the lack of a clinical striker may be too simplistic. However, signing the Nigerian hitman wouldn't hurt the Chelsea hierarchy.

Chelsea’s striking department is encountering a significant crisis, as Nicolas Jackson, Christopher Nkunku, and Armando Broja are struggling to find the back of the net on a regular basis. The Blues have had to depend on the ingenuity of Cole Palmer and, to a lesser extent, Raheem Sterling, to score goals.

Chelsea's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, admires strikers who can hold up the ball and link up play but get on the end of crosses, too, because his Chelsea team tend to swing in a fair few.

In this area, Osimhen is a way clear of Chelsea's attacking options of Nkunku, Jackson and Broja, with aerial ability and movement in the box, not the trio's strong points.

That's not all there is to the 25-year-old's game by any means, though, because, to use one of English football's great cliches, he's got good feet for a big man.

He's more than capable with the ball at his feet and his back to goal and can create chances for teammates and finish a decent amount of those that fall to him.

In 32 games for Napoli last season, he scored 26 goals and provided five assists to his teammates as the Naples club won their first scudetto in over three decades – since the days of Diego Maradona.

 Osimhen's unwavering self-belief will be crucial if he is to break Chelsea's striker curse, as many have faltered wearing the number nine jersey at Stamford Bridge. Remember Andriy Shevchenko, Fernando Torres or Alvaro Morata?

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How Osimhen could reshape Arsenal

In the January transfer window, Arsenal have constantly been linked with players who can strengthen their attack. Despite having an impressive strike force, Arsenal's offensive line is not without its challenges. Gabriel Jesus and Eddie Nketiah have been struggling to find their scoring touch.

Additionally, the contributions from Gabriel Martinelli, Martin Odegaard, and Bukayo Saka have not been satisfactory, particularly in demanding matches. To solve this issue, the Gunners are reportedly chasing Osimhen as well.

One of Arsenal's traditional hallmarks has been their intricate, possession-based style of play. Nevertheless, this has not consistently translated into dominance in aerial duels and physical contests.

Osimhen's imposing stature and capability to win headers could offer Arsenal a crucial focal point in the attacking third. His presence in the box during set-pieces and crosses could introduce a new dimension to Arsenal's attacking strategy, enhancing their unpredictability and effectiveness in the final third.

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Osimhen's style of play extends beyond a conventional target man. He has the agility and technical skill to smoothly connect midfield and attack. In Arsenal's dynamic system, known for rapid exchanges and intricate passing, Osimhen could be the perfect focal point.

His capacity to receive the ball while facing away from the goal, collaborate with creative midfielders, and execute intelligent runs behind the defense aligns effectively with Arsenal's approach under Mikel Arteta.

In the Spaniard's system, there is a strong emphasis on defensive responsibility for forwards. Osimhen's work ethic and eagerness to press high up the pitch could seamlessly fit into Arsenal's pressing system.

His defensive involvement could lead to winning the ball back in advanced positions, offering Arsenal the chance to capitalise on transitions and surprise opponents.

Osimhen would be a shrewd signing for Manchester United

Under the leadership of Erik ten Hag, Manchester United have tried to adopt an attacking style, focusing on pace, flair, and dynamism.

Osimhen's explosive pace and direct approach harmonise perfectly with this philosophy. His capacity to stretch defences with precise timed runs and take on defenders could introduce a fresh element to United's attacking options, opening up space for creative players and capitalising on weaknesses in opposing defences.

Ten Hag's United deploys a fluid attacking trio, where forwards can interchange positions. Osimhen's versatility allows him to function both as a lone striker and as part of a striking partnership. His potential partnership with Marcus Rashford and Rasmus Højlund could provide United with a potent and diverse attacking combination.

Whether leading the attack or playing alongside another striker, Osimhen's inclusion could improve United's attacking flexibility remarkably.

Osimhen could be a blessing to Newcastle United

Newcastle United have a history of excelling with physically dominant strikers who can excel in aerial battles. Osimhen's size and capability to win headers could introduce a new aspect to the Magpies' attacking tactics, particularly during set-piece scenarios.

This physical presence could be extremely valuable in overcoming resilient defences and converting scoring chances from crosses and set-piece situations.

His diligence and dedication to pressing opponents in advanced areas align with Newcastle's focus on swiftly regaining possession.

His defensive input could support Newcastle's high-pressing strategy by disrupting opposition build-up and generating turnovers in advanced positions.

This is in line with the team's philosophy of reclaiming possession in the opponent's half.

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How Osimhen could be just what PSG need

If a move to the Premier League doesn't materialise, Osimhen has suitors from elsewhere as well.

While PSG often rely on Kylian Mbappé as their main attacking threat, the inclusion of Osimhen could establish a potent strike partnership. Osimhen's physicality and strength in the air could complement Mbappé's speed and skill, offering PSG a versatile attacking pair capable of dismantling any defence.

The potential collaboration of these two dynamic forwards could pose a significant challenge for opposing defenders.

Luis Enrique is known for his tactical flexibility, often switching between various formations and systems. Osimhen's adaptability to different playing styles could make him a valuable asset in Enerique's tactical toolkit.

Whether as a lone striker or as part of a two-striker system, Osimhen's versatility could seamlessly integrate into PSG's fluid attacking formations.

As he participates in international duty with Nigeria at the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Osimhen is expected to become the focal point of a transfer battle among interested clubs in the days to come.

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Godfred Budu is a purpose-driven Ghanaian sports writer with a sharp eye for excellence. He has had stints with www.kickgh.com inkandkicks.com and ghanafans.com. He loves to talk and write about football on the African continent.