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Chelsea Are Prepared To Move In For This Napoli Forward: What Will He Bring To Stamford Bridge?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Corriere dello Sport (via Sport Witness) mentioned that Chelsea are prepared to move in for Napoli forward Victor Osimhen. It has been claimed that the Blues are more than ready to launch a bid to sign the Nigeria international.

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Osimhen is having an outstanding season at Napoli after producing a lot of match-winning performances as the spearhead of their attack. The Lagos-born striker has banged in 28 goals and picked up five assists in 36 appearances for the Naples club during this campaign across multiple competitions.

The 24-year-old has been a consistent performer for the Italian club in the final third based on his average of 4.2 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in Serie A. However, he has to find a way to improve his ball distribution up top as he has completed just 69.9% of his attempted passes in the Italian top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current contract at Napoli is set to expire in the summer of 2025. Therefore, Chelsea will have to launch a big move if they are serious about recruiting Osimhen in the upcoming transfer window.

Victor Osimhen
Napoli’s Nigerian forward Victor Osimhen reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Monza and Napoli on May 14, 2023 at the Brianteo stadium in Monza. (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP) (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

What Will Osimhen Bring To Chelsea?

Osimhen excels at finding space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. He has proven himself to be a deadly finisher in front of the opponent’s goal. The Nigerian talent can also engineer some decent chances for others around him and is a powerful runner with the ball. However, he needs to figure out a way to improve his link-up play on the attacking end of the field.

At 24, Osimhen will only get better in the coming seasons and would be an ideal choice for Chelsea this summer. We can expect him to add plenty of goals to the West London club‘s attack.

Osimhen has what it takes to help the Blues compete for a top-four spot in the Premier League once again next season. He might even help bring more success back to Stamford Bridge in the not-too-distant future. All in all, Chelsea would be wise to try everything they can to get him on board when the transfer window commences later this year.

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