Chelsea face Premier League battle for Serie A star

James Shearman
  • Updated: 18 Mar 2023 16:14 GMT
  • 3 min read
Dusan Vlahovic, Juventus, 2022/23

Chelsea face competition from Manchester United for Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, according to Ben Jacobs.

The Blues have needed a top class striker since selling Diego Costa, with Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Romelu Lukaku all proving to be short-term options in recent years.

Kai Havertz is manager Graham Potter's current first choice, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang often excluded from the matchday squad.

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Chelsea will be looking to sign a striker in the summer to finally tie down the 'number 9' position for years to come, and Vlahovic is a solid option.

While Manchester United are in a similar position, after Cristiano Ronaldo's contract was terminated earlier in the season.

''I think Harry Kane to Manchester United has always been premature,'' Jacobs told GiveMeSport. ''Victor Osimhen is a very realistic possibility.

''Don’t rule out a move for Dusan Vlahovic as well because there’s a real opportunity to sign him this summer, as I revealed last year. Manchester United and Chelsea are two clubs that have looked at Vlahovic.''

Dusan Vlahovic alternative

Victor Osimhen should be Chelsea and Manchester United's number one transfer target in the summer window - of all positions.

Napoli are the best team in Italy, arguably Europe, and the Nigerian is their best player.

There's more to Osimhen's game than just goals but 19 in 21 Serie A starts tells you everything you need to know about why the two Premier League clubs should be desperately trying to sign him.

They will face competition from across Europe but either Blues owner Todd Boehly, or United's potential new owners, will surely be tempted make a huge statement with this one.