Chelsea given free run to sign Osimhen in 2024

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
  • 4 Oct 2023 19:09 BST
  • 3 min read
Chelsea are targeting Napoli striker Victor Osimhen
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Chelsea have been given a free run to try and sign Victor Osimhen in 2024, as PSG are no longer interested in the Nigerian superstar.

According to CaughtOffside, Chelsea’s biggest rivals for Osimhen’s signature next year up until now had been PSG.

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However, the Ligue 1 giants no longer will need a number 9 next year having signed both Goncalo Ramos and Randal Kolo Muani this past summer.

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Instead they will look for an outside left winger to replace Kylian Mbappe, with someone of the profile of Rafa Leao favoured.

Osimhen will be much more attainable next summer than he was this past summer, when Napoli made it clear they would not listen to any offers less than €150 million for their star man. This scared off all parties, including Chelsea.

However, Osimhen’s price tag will be much lower next year if he does not sign a new contract as his current deal expires in 2025 and talks to extend have not been going well.

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The recent TikTok scandal in which Napoli’s own social media team mocked his penalty miss with Bologna infuriated Osimhen and has further raised doubts about his future.

Osimhen has been in brilliant form again this season, already scoring five goals in seven Serie A games.

Osimhen has had a fall-out with Napoli
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Osimhen in 2022-23 for Napoli

Osimhen enjoyed a stunning 2022-23 season, scoring a brilliant 31 goals in 39 appearances in all competitions.

With 26 Serie A goals, he finished the top scorer in the Italian top-flight as Napoli won their first Scudetto in 33 years.

He also struck five times in the Champions League as Napoli reached the quarter-finals before being beaten 2-1 on aggregate by AC Milan.

Osimhen’s absence due to injury in the first leg has been cited as a key reason why Napoli lost the tie.

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