Chelsea are leading the race to sign Victor Osimhen from Napoli and the report saying so claims they may even have agreed a deal already.
Osimhen was arguably the most coveted striker in the transfer market this summer, but Napoli held firm and kept their centre-forward. However, interest in the Nigeria international from other clubs is not going to fade away ahead of the new year.
According to Football Transfers, Chelsea have decided to make Osimhen their top target for the summer of 2024. Meanwhile, they are said to have taken the lead in the race to sign him, ahead of rival suitors such as Arsenal.
The report even hints they might have agreed a deal with Osimhen already, which is why they were happy enough just to add Nicolas Jackson up front this summer.
How much substance there is to those suggestions, only time will tell. But when Osimhen is on the move in the transfer market, Chelsea will be one of the main clubs to watch out for.
Centre-forward has been something of a problem position for Chelsea for a while now. Players like Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner have been prolific elsewhere but have struggled to replicate those talents at Stamford Bridge in recent years.
Chelsea evolving their attack
This season, Mauricio Pochettino can choose between Jackson and Armando Broja as his main options at centre-forward, as well as another new arrival, Deivid Washington.
Christopher Nkunku was brought in over the summer from RB Leipzig to add a new element to their attack, but he has since suffered an injury.
Osimhen became one of the most highly-rated strikers on the planet last season when his goals helped Napoli to a rare Serie A title. During his time in Italy, he has scored 62 goals from 104 appearances for his current club.
By the time next summer comes around, there will only be one year remaining on his contract with Napoli, unless they are able to find a way to extend it.
Depending on how they do this season, Chelsea could be in a strong position to offer Osimhen the next step and a first taste of Premier League football. They will have to make major progress in Pochettino’s first season in charge to right some wrongs from last term, but adding a player like the former Lille star could be the missing piece they have been trying to find.
Osimhen will be 25 years old by the time Chelsea can try to sign him, thus approaching his peak years.