In a strategic move to bolster their squad, Napoli has reportedly reached an agreement in principle with Victor Osimhen, extending his contract until June 2026.
The deal, featuring a release clause, is anticipated to be valued at around €130 million.
While an official announcement is imminent, Mauricio Pochettino's hopes of reinforcing his squad in January hinge on Chelsea making room for new signings through a potential clearout.
Despite significant investments since the club's acquisition by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital in 2022, Chelsea finds themselves in the 12th position after a lackluster start to the season.
However, financial fair play considerations and their current European qualification status heighten the importance of player sales to fund any major acquisitions.
Assessing potential Chelsea player sales to fund Osimhen's release clause
In a bid to accommodate Osimhen's release clause financially, Chelsea may need to engage in a player exodus.
Speculations arise about potential departures. The rapidly evolving situation leaves the club facing challenges in identifying suitable sales.
Here's a closer look at five Chelsea players who could be on the transfer list to afford Osimhen's release clause.
Left-back Maatsen, previously targeted by Burnley and West Ham, finds himself out of favor this season. His potential departure could provide a financial boost for Chelsea.
His potential departure could further contribute to the financial resources available to the club.
Although recovering from a hamstring injury, centre-back Chalobah's uncertain future may depend on his recovery progress. If fit, he could be a valuable asset in the transfer market.
Midfielder Gallagher, with 18 months left on his contract, has yet to begin talks for a new deal. Pochettino is keen on retaining Gallagher, but his future may hinge on contract negotiations.
Winger Madueke, despite minimal appearances this season, possesses potential that might attract suitors. His departure could free up resources for Chelsea's transfer pursuits.
His departure could contribute to freeing up resources for Chelsea's transfer pursuits.
Left-wing back Chilwell, valued at 50 million, has seen limited playing time in the Premier League this season, making only six appearances and contributing one assist.
His market value may present an opportunity for Chelsea to generate funds for their transfer pursuits.
Recent injuries to Robert Sánchez, Marc Cucurella, and Reece James may further complicate Chelsea's plans.
Sánchez and Cucurella's potential sales could add funds, while James' injury status remains uncertain.
As Chelsea explores avenues to secure Osimhen's services, a delicate balance between financial prudence, squad dynamics, and on-field performance emerges.
The January transfer window promises to be a critical period for the club, with fans eagerly awaiting official announcements and potential arrivals or departures.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago