Chelsea will “continue to push” to sign Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, according to Sport Mediaset.
The Italian TV station claim that the Blues and teams in Saudi Arabia are continuing to pursue the 24-year-old, following the falling out between the player and his club over insulting videos posted by the team’s official TikTok account.
Osimhen has received an apology in private but one hasn’t been made formally in public, which has led to some lingering tensions that could still lead to the forward leaving the Serie A champions.
Sport Mediaset have played down the prospect of the Nigerian international leaving during the January transfer window but a parting of ways at the end of the season is a distinct possibility.
Osimhen will have two years remaining on his contract next summer and, if he doesn’t put pen to paper on an extension, it will force Napoli to make a decision on whether to sell him.
Chelsea could sign a player who has been likened to Drogba
Speaking about Osimhen back in May, TalkSPORT pundit Ally McCoist said that the Nigerian was the player who reminded him the most of Chelsea legend Didier Drogba:
“He is the only striker that seems probably in the last 10 years that reminds me of Drogba and that’s a compliment for him. He isn’t Drogba yet but definitely there’s a player in there.”
From someone like McCoist, who knows a thing or two about being a striker, that is some praise.
Osimhen won’t be available on the cheap
Even if Napoli do decide to sell the striker in a future transfer window, Chelsea may have to break their transfer record again in order to secure his signature.
Reports suggest that Osimhen’s asking price could be as high as £150m. While the Blues would hope to bring that valuation down, the fact that Saudi Arabian clubs are involved may make that hard to achieve.