Victor Osimhen transfer news: Chelsea make major move in pursuit of Super Eagles forward

Ahead of the summer transfer window which is already brewing with a lot of exciting moves, football fans are keeping a close watch on the future of Victor Osimhen, especially Nigerians. 

The Super Eagles striker, who has been dazzling fans with his performances at Napoli, has become a hot topic of conversation, with rumors swirling about a potential move away from Italy.

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Victor Osimhen is being sought after across Europe

According to reports, Chelsea, alongside other top European clubs, are eyeing Osimhen with keen interest.

However, there's a cloud of concern hanging over Stamford Bridge as the Blues fear missing out on next season’s Champions League action, a factor that could sway Osimhen's decision.

Since making his move to Napoli in 2020, the former U17 World Cup winner has been on fire, scoring an impressive 69 goals and providing 17 assists in 121 appearances across all competitions.

With such an impressive track record, it's no surprise that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have thrown their hat into the ring especially since the imminent departure of Kylian Mbappe was announced weeks ago.

Napoli fans pick Victor Osimhen ahead of Cavani and Higuain
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Chelsea have stepped up bid to meet Osimhen’s price

The French giants, in need of a top striker to replace Kylian Mbappe, have identified Osimhen as their prime target, setting the stage for a potential bidding war.

However, Chelsea have initiated talks with Osimhen’s representatives in order to conclude personal terms according to Rudy Galetti. The Blues stand as favorites to meet the buy-out clause provided by Napoli.

The 25-year old who is currently the African Footballer of the Year might have picked England as his preferred destination as he hopes to emulate mentor Didier Drogba who left the Blues as a club legend.

While Chelsea are reportedly willing to meet Napoli's asking price of around €130 million for Osimhen, their hopes of securing his signature are dampened by their current league position. 

The Blues find themselves trailing 17 points behind Aston Villa in the race for Champions League qualification, with just 13 games left in the season.

Chelsea's recent defeat to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup final was a bitter pill to swallow for Nigerian fans rooting for Osimhen's success in Europe. The loss not only dashed their hopes of silverware but also dealt a blow to their chances of securing a spot in Europe.

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