Chelsea are reportedly ready to bow out of the race to sign prolific Napoli forward Victor Osimhen.
The Nigeria international has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer with two Premier League giants – Manchester United and Chelsea – tightly in the race to sign the 24-year-old.
After Todd Boehly’s £600m splash on transfer market, Chelsea still lacks a frontline striker and has been struggling in front of goals.
Victor Osimhen was linked with the Blues with sources close to the club claiming Osimhen is a top shot in the transfer radar of the Blues as he matches Todd Boehly’s fancy for the Blues’ ideal attacker in age and creativity.
Manchester United were also linked to a move for Victor Osimhen with Erik Ten Hag sleuthing for a frontline attacker that will pair up with Marcus Rashford in Manchester United’s attack.
Both clubs were ready to splash over £100m for Osimhen with the Serie A star keen on acheiving his dream of moving to the Premier League.
Daily Mail reports Napoli wanted about £150m if they must part ways with Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian striker is in the final two years of his Napoli contract. He has a contract with the Series A outfit untill 2025.
Chelsea were strongly in contention to sign Victor Osimhen. The Blues were planing a player-plus-cash-offer to sign Victor Osimhen should Napoli proved reluctant in letting the striker leave.
Now, in a rather shock twist to the Victor Osimhen’s transfer, as reported by Football Insider, Chelsea are ready to bow out of the race to sign Victor Osimhen.
Sources close to the London club have claimed Chelsea are having a rethink on Osimhen’s deal.
Although not losing interest in the Serie A top-scorer, Chelsea are facing the grim prospects of colliding with Financial Fair Play Rules and facing hefty penalties if they press on to foot Napoli’s £150m demand for Osimhen.
After taking over as Chelsea new owner, Todd Boehly have splashed a whooping £600m in the transfer market.
Worst of all, Champions League football next season that would have greased the rusty financial bearings of the club is far from grasp.
The outrageous transfer spending have put the club at a perilous financial standing against Financial Fair Play Rules.
The projections are if Chelesea continue signing big names on overbloated transfer fees they are more likely to collide with Financial Fair Play Rules which could deepened the club’s bleak outlook.
Now, the club have to trim down the size of the squad in the summer and cut the overbloated spending on wage bills for a breathing space in the transfer market in the summer.
Futballnews understands Chelsea are plotting a summer clearout with 11 players set to be axed.
Amid the club’s dwindling fortunes, they are considering dropping out of the race to sign Victor Osimhen.
However, it is believed after the summer overhaul that will involve a slashed spending on wage and player sales, Chelsea could still queue up on the race to sign Victor Osimhen.
This season Osimhen is Serie A top scorer with 21 goals from 25 Serie A games. He is leading the charge to end Napoli’s two decades wait for the Scudetto.