Chelsea remain open to signing prolific striker if price is reduced

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Chelsea have not completely ruled out the possibility of signing Napoli's prolific striker Victor Osimhen, provided the Italian club reduces their hefty asking price, according to recent reports. The 25-year-old Nigerian international, who has a release clause of approximately £113 million, has been a long-term target for the Blues.

Despite securing the signature of 18-year-old Marc Guiu from Barcelona, who is expected to join the first team squad, Chelsea are still in the market for additional firepower to bolster their attack. This move is aimed at ensuring they have a strong squad capable of competing for a Champions League spot next season.

Nicolas Jackson, who netted 14 Premier League goals last season, remains a key player, but the club is keen to add more competition and depth to their forward line. The Blues have been linked with several strikers across Europe, including Aston Villa's Jhon Duran, Atletico Madrid's Samu Omorodion, and Lille's Jonathan David, but none of these pursuits have yet materialised into a concrete signing.

Victor Osimhen has been a standout performer in Europe over the past couple of seasons, scoring an impressive 65 goals in 108 Serie A appearances for Napoli. Despite his remarkable form, Chelsea initially decided against pursuing a deal for the Nigerian striker earlier this summer due to the high cost and concerns over his style of play.

However, recent developments suggest that the club might reconsider their stance if Napoli lowers their asking price. The Telegraph reports that while Chelsea have not made any serious offers for Osimhen yet, they have not completely ruled out a move. The report also indicates that Saudi Arabia is currently seen as a more likely destination for Osimhen than England.

If Chelsea were to succeed in signing Osimhen, it could pave the way for Romelu Lukaku to move to Napoli, potentially reuniting with his former manager Antonio Conte. Napoli could use part of the funds from Osimhen's sale to activate Lukaku's £38 million exit clause, facilitating the Belgian striker's departure from Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's new manager, Enzo Maresca, is eager to add a striker who can make an immediate impact in the Premier League. Osimhen's proven track record in Serie A suggests he could adapt quickly to the demands of English football, making him an attractive option for the Blues.

While the high price tag for Victor Osimhen remains a significant hurdle, the possibility of Napoli lowering their demands keeps the door open for a potential move.