Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen could soon be on his way to the Premier League with his agent, Roberto Calenda, already working on a move, according to Calcio Napoli.
Osimhen recently put pen to paper on a contract extension with Napoli but his future at the Diego Armando Stadium is less than secure as his new deal contains a release clause.
Victor Osimhen signs new Napoli contract 🇳🇬❤️ pic.twitter.com/xWiWs8ROXv
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While a January move away is unlikely, a switch to English football next summer is increasingly probable with a host of English teams keen on landing Osimhen.
Osimhen also has interest from Saudi Arabia but is unlikely to move to the Middle East off the back of a failed transfer bid from Al-Hilal last summer.
The 24-year-old endured a disappointing outing in Napoli's most recent league involvement against Roma where he was shown a red card, meaning that Osimhen could be potentially unavailable for Walter Mazzarri's men until February with Africa Cup of Nations duty on the horizon early next month.
Chelsea currently leading the race for Victor Osimhen
Of all the English teams linked with a swoop for Osimhen, Chelsea are reportedly at the front of the queue to sign the reigning African Footballer of the Year.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have struggled for goals this season thanks in no small part to their wastefulness at the top end of the pitch.
Chelsea currently rank first for big chances missed in the Premier League this term and could certainly do with a clinical striker of Osimhen's quality.
Osimhen is expected to be open to a move to Stamford Bridge following his idolisation of ex-Chelsea talisman Didier Drogba.
"I need to meet Didier Drogba"
Victor Osimhen is a huge fan of the Ivorian. pic.twitter.com/HzynqFkHns
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However, a lack of continental football could prove to be a stumbling block with Chelsea unlikely to finish in the European places as things stand.
Following yesterday's defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Molineux Stadium, the Blues currently sit 10th in the standings heading into the midway point of the 2023-24 season.
This article was most recently revised and updated 2 months ago