Compared – Victor Osimhen salary vs Chelsea’s biggest stars

Compared – Victor Osimhen salary vs Chelsea’s biggest stars
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Napoli forward Victor Osimhen is one of the finest number 9s in world football today.

The Nigerian footballer showed great potential in goal-scoring ability and good positioning in and around the opposition box from a young age.

The 24-year-old went on to grow his football reputation from the young striker he was years ago to having exceptional finishing skills, formidable strength, brilliant speed and outstanding athleticism in the last few years.

These qualities not only improved his market value, they also increased his earnings as a player.

Victor Osimhen in action for Napoli
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Victor Osimhen salary

In the 2018/19 season while he played for Charleroi in the Belgian League, Osimhen was earning €3,654 per week. His salary situation improved following his move to Lille in France where he earned €25,000 in the 2019/20 season.

However, the best salary package yet for the Nigerian international came after his transfer to Napoli on 31 July 2020, for a club-record fee of €70 million potentially rising to €80 million with add-ons.

He became the most expensive African transfer to date and his salary at Naples jumped beyond the ordinary to become the second highest earner at the club on €105k per week and €5.45 million annual earnings.

An improved salary package for Victor Osimhen

Following a groundbreaking 2022/23 season for Osimhen where he scored 31 goals across all competitions for Napoli to help the club win a first Scudetto in 33 years, talks of extending his contract and an improved salary was on the table.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis was willing to offer Osimhen a two-year contract extension which according to Gianluca Di Marzio in August 2023, “Osimhen will earn over €10 million net per season in his new Napoli deal, which will extend his stay to June 2026.”

However, as of November, 2023 no deal has been agreed and there's no indication both sides will reach an agreement soon but there's a possibility Napoli would be willing to sell their prized striker in the summer with several transfer news centered around the Nigerian.

Victor Osimhen transfer news to Chelsea

Osimhen has endured a difficult start to the new season for Napoli but the Nigerian star has six goals in seven league starts.

In September his own club’s social media accounts trolled him in a manner that many said had racist indications which did not go down well with the player’s agent threatening legal action at the time.

Even though the issues have now been settled, his long-term future in Naples appears more unlikely with several transfer interests coming in, notably admiration from Stamford Bridge to acquire the striker next January.

Victor Osimhen taking a penalty for Napoli
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Chelsea are looking to finish in the top-four and are aiming to bolster their struggling front lines that have lacked consistency despite huge investments already made in the squad.

For one, Mauricio Pochettino has had to contend with severe injury problems that have bedeviled his squad especially in his attacking department.

French international Christopher Nkunku is yet to make a competitive start for the Blues this season having sustained a long-term knee problem in pre-season.

Armando Broja has had his own fair share of fitness concerns, too, while Nicolas Jackson has struggled for consistency since joining from Villarreal but has found some level of good fortune in recent times after scoring a hattrick against Tottenham Hotspur and another against Man City in the last few games for Chelsea.

The club still feels that Osimhen's goal output is needed to salvage a good finish to the season for the London side.

Nonetheless, club chief Aurelio De Laurentiis will ask for £100 million at least for the Serie A top scorer last season who is still under contract for another 18 months.

Osimhen's asking price could derail Chelsea's plans of acquiring the forward in the January transfer window, except if they break the bank.

Chelsea suffered their fifth defeat of the season away to Newcastle last Saturday, they're 10th on the EPL table with a top-four finish looking difficult at this time of the season.

Salaries of Chelsea's biggest stars compared to Victor Osimhen's salary

Chelsea has one of the heaviest wage bills in the football world. They pay their players handsomely with the top ten players on their payroll pocketing at least £110k weekly.

Raheem Sterling has the highest salary at Chelsea, earning £325k gross per week, or £16.9 million gross per year.

Chelsea's top 10 earners per week according to Spotrac

  • Raheem Sterling – £325k
  • Reece James – £250k
  • Ben Chilwell – £200k
  • Wesley Fofana – £200k
  • Christopher Nkunku – £195k
  • Enzo Fernandez – £180k
  • Marc Cucurella – £175k
  • Moises Caicedo – £150k
  • Malang Sarr – £120k
  • Thiago Silva – £110k

We have already established that Osimhen earns €105k per week and €5.45 million annually at Napoli, which means the top 10 top earners at Chelsea are better paid than Osimhen at the moment.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 months ago

Joseph is a graduate engineer turned sports writer, he has covered lots of sports stories, match previews and predictions across various leagues on the planet.