Bombshell! Chelsea must break wage structure for Osimhen

Bombshell! Chelsea must break wage structure for Osimhen
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The transfer hints are getting stronger and Victor Osimhen might just be heading to Chelsea at the end of the season.

The future of the Nigerian striker at Napoli continues to hang in the balance as interest in the Nigerian striker continues to soar.

It seems Chelsea has jumped ahead of the queue to land the services of last season's Capocannoniere, despite rumoured interest by Real Madrid, Liverpool and Manchester United.

The latest statement by Osimhen that he owns Chelsea and Manchester United jerseys has raised optimism in both clubs of landing the Napoli striker.

The forward is out injured and will not participate in the Super Eagles‘ World Cup qualifying match against Lesotho, but is there a chance of moving to Stamford Bridge in January?

Chelsea must break wage structure for Osimhen

Victor Osimhen in action for Napoli
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There are hopes by Chelsea fans of landing Super Eagles striker Osimhen.

Speaking on the Matt Law Special podcast, he laid bare what he says is from a reliable source.

According to Law, the Napoli frontman will not come to Chelsea for the wages the Stamford Bridge club offers its players.

Chelsea seems to have a strict wage structure that could be detrimental to landing the top players.

Law said the Blues already have a B-list striker in Nicholas Jackson and needed an elite striker.

“Osimhen will not join Chelsea for £100,000, £120,000 or £150,000 weekly. They have to pay in the region of £200,000 and above.”

Law claims they won't even get Brentford's Ivan Toney for that kind of wage.

Chelsea has a massive squad but is without an elite striker. It means that Osimhen is a priority.

“Pochettino would love to have Mbappe, but realistically, his first choice is Osimhen,” Law continued.

Osimhen turned down an offer from Saudi Arabia last season, which Law described as a sporting decision. Still, one cannot rule out the effect of money on a player who claimed he played football to get his family out of poverty.

The question is now whether they would get him in January or the summer.

Can they beat Manchester United to the player?

Osimhen to remain at Napoli in January

Super Eagles player, Victor Osimhen
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There have been debates over where Osimhen is headed, either in January or in the summer.

With the Super Eagles star set for AFCON 2023 in January, the likelihood of Napoli selling is slim.

“Everybody knows that Napoli says one thing and does another, but they will not sell in January,” Law opined.

According to the pundit who said his sources revealed that Osimhen is a Chelsea project, the Napoli striker could join the Blues in the summer.

He also opined that despite Chelsea being an elite Premier League club, in Osimhen's eyes, they are currently a mid-table side.

The absence of the Champions League could work against them landing their man.

With pressure from John Mikel Obi and Didier Drogba, the former Lille forward might be a Blue next summer.

This article was most recently revised and updated 7 months ago

Chooka Izuegbuna is a Sports Journalist with 20 years of experience in print, TV and Radio. He has worked with some of the top media houses in Nigeria, including NTA Network, Channels TV, TVC, Silverbird TV and MITV. Chooka broke his sports reporting teeth with The Game Football Weekly in 2003 as a cartoonist and reporter. Chooka has a passion for football and has been a fan of Enugu Rangers (over 30 years) and Real Madrid (Since 1996).