Chelsea have reportedly joined Manchester United in the hunt for high-flying and prolific Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.
The London club, who have already expended a record £585m since Todd Boehly took over the club, are hoping to land the Serie A top-scorer at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, the Blues have French and RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku lined up for the summer.
Victor Osimhen’s goal-scoring stats this season in the Serie A is a stunner. The 24-year has bagged 20 goals from 15 matches for Napoli. Osimehn has been the powerhouse behind Napoli’s meteoric rise in the Serie A this season.
Napoli are currently on pole position in Serie A title, leading the table with 50 points from 19 matches.
Now, Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for the powerful hitman’s signature as the set to continue in their terrific spending spree.
Despite landing a number of expensive new signings so far, the Blues hope to sign another top striker after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fell off Graham Potter’s pecking order.
After arriving at Stamford Bridge from Barcelona, Pierre-Emerick Aubamenyang has failed to live up to the bidding and has been axed off Chelsea’s updated Champions League squad.
Hence, the Blues need a prolific top striker to replace the Gabon international at the club, with Victor Osimhen being a top target at this level of his career.
Chelsea will now lock horns with Manchester United and French Champions PSG for Victor Osimhen but Napoli want around £100m for the former Lille forward.
New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has been stuffing Chelsea with an array of young talents as he makes inroad towards total transformation of the squad.
The 24-year-old Nigeria international will now add up to Chelsea’s growing list of new signings if they beat Premier League rivals Manchester United and PSG to his signature.
However, the Blues have to tread carefully having doll out over £585m in the transfer window, and plucking a loophole in UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules to escape sanctions.
With the chances of qualifying for Champions League next year slimming down, Chelsea face a high probability of colliding with UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules if they continue with their current spending spree.
Forking out £100m for Victor Osimhen as demanded by Napoli will automatically placed the club on the radar of UEFA FFP Rules.
Meanwhile, UEFA have made moves to close the loophole which the Blues exploited to push through backbreaking deals with the likes David Datro Fofana, Mykhailo Mudryk, and Enzo Fernandez.
The football governing body in Europe are set to limit the number of years which players’ transfer could be spread to five years.
This implies Chelsea will not be able to spread Victor Osimhen’s £100m for more than five years, as they did with other new signings. If Osimhem signs with a new club he will make a lot of money in Salary and will become one top strikers earning huge money per week.
As things stand, the club is now at a disadvantage compared to other clubs – Manchester United and PSG – who are hoping to sign the forward.