According to recent reports, Victor Osimhen is eager to make a move to the Premier League, seeking a fresh start after a recent controversy involving his current club, Napoli. The Nigerian striker played a pivotal role in Napoli’s Serie A victory last season with 26 goals.
The incident that sparked Osimhen’s disillusionment with Napoli began when the Italian champions recently posted a video on their social media platforms. The video made light of Osimhen’s recent penalty miss during Napoli’s 0-0 draw against Bologna. What made matters worse was the use of an odd, sped-up voiceover, which added further insult. Understandably, he was deeply hurt and offended by the post.
In the wake of this controversy, it appears that Osimhen has attracted significant interest from Premier League clubs. Prominent soccer journalist Dean Jones has even suggested that his arrival at a Premier League club could instantly make them favorites in the league.
🚨 Victor Osimhen is keen on a move to the Premier League.
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) October 2, 2023
Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham have emerged as potential Premier League destinations for Osimhen. Arsenal, in particular, is looking for a new No. 9 and considers him a viable option. With his impressive scoring record and versatility on the pitch, he could provide the Gunners with the firepower they require to compete for the Premier League title.
Chelsea, too, is desperate for a new striker, and the January transfer window provides an opportunity to bolster their attacking options. Tottenham’s summer departure of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich left a significant void, which Osimhen’s arrival could fill admirably.
Chelsea leading the race to sign Victor Osimhen amid controversy and uncertain timing
Chelsea seems to be at the forefront of the race to sign Victor Osimhen, the talented Nigerian striker currently plying his trade at Napoli. This pursuit has gained momentum due to a recent social media controversy that has cast doubts over Osimhen’s future at the Italian club.
Journalist Pete O’Rourke suggests that Chelsea’s interest in Osimhen is long-standing and that they may make their move in the coming year. In his column for ‘Football Insider’, Pete O’Rourke reveals that Chelsea has been closely monitoring Victor Osimhen for quite some time.
Chelsea are finally optimistic they will net a credible fee for Romelu Lukaku next summer as they prepare to explore a January deal for Victor Osimhen.
— Vince™ (@Blue_Footy) September 30, 2023
The London giants have made efforts to secure the services of the Nigerian striker in the past three transfer windows. However, various factors, including Financial Fair Play considerations, have posed challenges to sealing the deal.
While the interest in Osimhen is undeniable, Pete O’Rourke suggests that a transfer to Chelsea is more likely to materialize next summer than during the upcoming January transfer window. This timing aligns with Osimhen having just 12 months remaining on his contract at the end of the current season.