December 5, 2023

Chelsea has a strong affinity for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen at the moment. According to reports from Simon Phillips’ Substack, the 24-year-old is regarded as the ideal candidate for the striker position, whether as a January transfer or at the end of the season.

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Most observers have recognized that signing a striker is currently Chelsea’s top priority, given their challenging start to the season, which has revealed difficulties in scoring goals. Osimhen, on the other hand, appears to have had a strained relationship with Napoli in recent weeks due to several missteps by the club.

Nevertheless, this off-pitch turmoil has not significantly affected his performance on the field, as he has managed to score six goals in eight Serie A matches this season, continuing his fine form from the previous campaign. This has solidified his status as a highly sought-after addition at Stamford Bridge.

While there is genuine admiration for Osimhen at Chelsea, Simon Phillips acknowledges the practical constraints of securing the deal at this moment. He stated, “Victor Osimhen is adored by Chelsea, and many at the club still see him as the dream target for the forward position. So there is no way I am ruling that out. But he would command a significant transfer fee and is also highly unlikely to be available until the summer. Ivan Toney is considered a more realistic option, and for some within the club, a preferred one due to his proven track record in the Premier League.”

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Ivan Toney’s performance in the Premier League over the past few years has demonstrated his ability to elevate his game if he secures a move to a larger club. However, Chelsea will be cautious not to overpay for the player, as Brentford is already demanding a substantial fee for his services.

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