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Chelsea: Florian Plettenberg drops Victor Osimhen update

Chelsea: Florian Plettenberg drops Victor Osimhen update - Chelsea News

Chelsea remain in the race to sign Victor Osimhen during the summer transfer window but face stiff competition from Manchester United, among others.

The Lowdown: Chelsea keen on Osimhen

The Nigerian has arguably been one of Europe’s standout strikers so far this season, spearheading Napoli’s relentless march to what looks like inevitable Serie A glory.

Osimhen has scored 19 goals in 22 league appearances in 2022/23 to date, as well as finding the net twice in four Champions League outings, one of which came away to Eintracht Frankfurt in the last 16.

The 24-year-old is understandably sought-after by a number of top clubs and Chelsea have emerged as front-runners to sign him at the end of the season, as they look to make further reinforcements to their squad.

United also look like strong contenders to acquire Osimhen’s signature, however, and only a huge bid will likely be able to prise him away from Napoli.

The Latest: New updates emerges

Taking to Twitter, reliable journalist Florian Plettenberg provided an update on the situation, confirming that Chelsea are still very much in the race to sign Osimhen this summer:

“News #Osimhen: Massive season & focussed on the next step.

“Been told City, #CFC, #PSG & #MUFC are all in! Different talks took place. #MCFC inquired although they have Haaland/Alvarez. No topic for Bayern. Transfer fee of at least €100m not feasible.”

The Verdict: Special striker

There is no doubt that Chelsea need to bring in a genuinely elite striker once the summer window arrives, with their attack desperately in need of one currently, with only 27 goals scored in 26 Premier League matches.

Kai Havertz has done well at times in the role, scoring in his last two appearances, but he is still more effective in a deeper position with a No.9 ahead of him further up the pitch, allowing his creativity to shine through.

If Chelsea manage to sign Osimhen, it could be a game-changing addition for Graham Potter, with Jose Mourinho even comparing the 15-goal Nigeria international to Blues legend Didier Drogba recently.

He looks to have all the attributes to be a huge success in the Premier League, possessing the strength to bully defenders, the pace to outrun them and the deadly finishing in front of goal.

At 24, Osimhen is also coming right into the peak of his career and whoever snaps him up could be getting one of the leading strikers of his generation, assuming he ends up leaving Napoli, which is far from a given.

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