Napoli forward Victor Osimhen has been a constant transfer target for quite a number of top clubs in recent times.
The Nigerian international whose contract with the Partenopei runs out on 30 June 2025, has had his Napoli future up in the air as talks for contract extension between his agent and the club stalled.
Furthermore, there were speculations that Osimhen may not be disposed to staying with Napoli after this season following the poor turn of relationship with the Italian champions which have now been put to bed.
Osimhen has continued to make headlines even with the transfer speculations around him, he finished 8th in the recent Ballon d'Or rankings.
He became the first Nigerian and Napoli player to finish in the top 10 of the France Golden Ball award ceremony on Monday night.
While Osimhen's impressive finish in the Ballon d'Or race is still talked about by Nigerians, Italian Journalist Fabrizio Romano in a post on YouTube revealed a substantial update on Tuesday evening concerning Napoli's desire not to sell Osimhen in January.
The statement read: “Napoli do not want to sell Victor Osimhen in January, not even for a ‘crazy' bid.”
Fabrizio went further to state Chelsea's shift on the recent Partenopei clarification with a potential option of going for Brentford's star.
“Chelsea are keeping an eye on Ivan Toney,” He added.
🚨 #Chelsea are keeping an eye on Ivan Toney.
— Chelsea Express (@Chels_Express1) October 31, 2023
At the moment, Toney is serving an eight-month ban from football for a “substantial number of breaches” of the FA's betting rules but will be free to play come January.
While he can now train with the Bees, he will only be allowed to play competitive football in two months time.
Interestingly, the striker could be set to spark a bidding war in the January transfer window between two London clubs.
The teams to engage in bidding war for Toney
According to the Standard, Arsenal and Chelsea are set to lock horns in a bidding battle to sign the talismanic forward.
Nonetheless, Brentford are not very eager to sell, but they would not mind cashing in on their player either way.
Toney will be out of contract in no distant time and has stated his desire to move to a top club.
Just like the Blues, Arsenal are weighing up whether to bolster their forward line to further improve their title onslaught and the availability of a proven goalscorer could spark a bidding war between both London clubs.
Brentford hopes foreign clubs could also enter the race, but as things stand, Arsenal and Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign the 27-year-old.
A new price tag for Toney
According to Fabrizio Romano, Brentford are expected to demand in the region of £50 million to £60 million for Toney's signature.
The Italian journalist confirmed that the striker wants to leave the west London club, recently appointing a new agency to take care of his future.
Chelsea as favourites to acquire Toney
According to London World, Chelsea are leading the race to sign Toney ahead of the January transfer window.
The report states that the Brentford star is Mauricio Pochettino's ideal choice, meeting three crucial criteria; English, age, and proven in the Premier League.
The 51-year-old gaffer believes the addition of the Brentford forward will give his side sufficient firepower for the second half of the season.
Despite already spending more than £1 billion under owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake, Chelsea are prepared to enter the market again if their goalscoring problems persist with Toney seen as an ideal striker to buy in January following Osimhen's unavailability.
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