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Victor Osimhen open to joining Chelsea, but deal ‘more likely to gather pace’ in summer — report


AS Roma v SSC Napoli - Serie A TIM Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images

Victor Osimhen rumors are hardly new fodder for the Chelsea rumor mill, but a deal for the now 25-year-old striker is unlikely to happen this month, even if said rumors would want to keep keeping us on the edges of our seats.

As reported by the Daily Mail, a deal is “more likely to gather pace in the summer” despite Osimhen being “open” to joining and our need for improvement at the position being “immediate”. However, Osimhen isn’t even around at the moment, busy as he is at the Africa Cup of Nations, just as our current first-choice striker, Nicolas Jackson. (Nigeria and Senegal could very well meet in the knockout rounds of that tournament, which starts this weekend.)

Osimhen’s new contract at Napoli does have a release clause of around £100m, which could help us avoid having to negotiate with Di Laurentiis & Co, but Chelsea, for once under the new ownership and direction, do seem to be taking a more cautious and reasonable approach in the transfer market. (So far anyway...)

With other teams unlikely to gazump us either for Osimhen until the summer, there’s little competitive reason to move fast in this case. (Especially if we can improve in the second half of the season and maybe even get into Europe.)

In the meantime, if we could stop missing “big chances”, that’d be great.

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