Victor Osimhen next club: Chelsea still in pole position despite PSG shortening

The Victor Osimhen next club betting market will only gain traction as the summer transfer window looms.

Following a remarkable spell with Napoli, Osimhen finds himself at the top of the wish list for European giants. The Nigeria international continues to be a source of nightmares for opposition defences in Italy and across Europe.

Even the most ardent Napoli fans know that their time atop the perch is precious, especially after failing to defend their Serie A title and even missing out on European competition altogether.

As such, now is surely the time to cash in on their crown jewel, Osimhen, whose stock will only rise.

Osimhen to Chelsea still likeliest move
Osimhen could be worshipped at Chelsea – Photo by Icon Sport

Victor Osimhen next club – Nigerian ‘would prefer' Chelsea

According to Italian news outlet Gazzetta dello Sport, Osimhen is set to leave Napoli this summer, with both Chelsea and PSG battling it out for his signature. However, the publication claims that the Nigerian ‘would prefer' Chelsea should it be a choice between the two clubs.

The Blues would also like to offer Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at AS Roma, as part of a deal in an attempt to try and drag Osimhen's price down, as it is claimed he will cost anywhere between €120-130m (£103-112m).

Cole Palmer is arguably the only player who was clinical enough in front of goal for Chelsea last season, with an astonishing 22 goals in the Premier League to his name in a remarkable debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

The next best in the squad was Nicolas Jackson with 14, but he underperformed his expected goals (xG) in the league.

Palmer and Jackson celebrate a goal in the London derby against West Ham – Photo by Icon Sport

The Senegal international could do with less pressure on his shoulders to bag the goals for the Blues, and that is where his fellow African striker Osimhen could flourish. The 25-year-old scored 26 goals in helping Napoli win the Scudetto in the 2022/23 season and netted 15 league goals in an injury-hit 2023/24 campaign.

Nonetheless, Osimhen would be the marquee signing that would elevate fans' hopes around Stamford Bridge, and perhaps take them to the next level in terms of trying to get Chelsea back in the UEFA Champions League. Still, it will no doubt be fascinating to see where Osimhen ends up this summer.

Osimhen to PSG odds shortening

As explained in the story above, PSG is an alternative to Chelsea for Osimhen. The Ligue 1 champions' odds of signing him have shortened since the opening of the window, as they seek a replacement for Kylian Mbappe, who has joined Real Madrid upon the expiry of his contract in Paris. While no transfer fee was involved, Mbappe's huge wages have been freed up, and with some other player sales, PSG could afford to sign Osimhen.

However, a recent update by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Osimhen would prefer a move to the Premier League. Nonetheless, it seems as if the Parisians will still try their luck in terms of his potential signing.

Osimhen to Arsenal?

According to a recent report from Italian news outlet Il Mattino, Arsenal would like Napoli to reduce their asking price for Osimhen, which is currently his outstanding release clause. Manchester United are also thought to be interested in signing the Nigerian striker, should his release clause be lowered.

Arsenal will argue that Osimhen could be the missing piece of the puzzle that they need in order to finally beat Manchester City to the Premier League title, after finishing as runners-up to them in the previous two seasons. Kai Havertz played well, almost in a false nine role for them in the second half of the last campaign, but a more traditional centre-forward who can guarantee them bundles of goals could be the answer to the Gunners' prayers.

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