Chelsea's transfer hopes soar as Napoli lower star striker's asking price

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Napoli have indicated a willingness to lower their asking price for star striker Victor Osimhen, signalling a shift in their transfer strategy. The Nigerian international, initially valued at €130 million (£110 million), could now be available for around €100 million (£84.6 million) according to Metro.

Osimhen's impressive record of 65 goals and 16 assists in 108 league appearances since joining Napoli from Lille in 2020 has made him a highly sought-after target in the transfer market. Top European clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain, have expressed strong interest in securing the striker's services.

The 25-year-old's performances have been nothing short of spectacular, showcasing his ability to consistently find the back of the net and create opportunities for his teammates. His pace, power, and clinical finishing have made him a nightmare for opposing defences, and his potential to further develop his skills has only added to his appeal.

Napoli's decision to lower Osimhen's asking price reflects their acute awareness of current market dynamics and the financial implications of their summer spending plans. The club is keen to secure funds to facilitate a deal for Romelu Lukaku, who has expressed a desire to reunite with his former coach Antonio Conte at Napoli.

However, Chelsea is not open to another loan deal and had initially held out for a team to meet the Belgium international's £38 million release clause. Reports now suggest that Chelsea might accept a lower fee of around €25 million (£21.1 million) to ensure the deal goes through.

Chelsea has been actively pursuing a top-class striker to bolster their squad, with Osimhen being a prime target. The Blues have already made significant moves in the transfer market, securing the signings of Barcelona teenage striker Marc Guiu, Aston Villa forward Omari Kellyman, Tosin Adarabioyo from Fulham, and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester.

Despite these acquisitions, Chelsea remains in contact with Osimhen's representatives, hoping to finalise a deal that aligns with their financial strategy. The club's reluctance to meet Napoli's revised valuation could complicate the negotiations, but Osimhen's desire to play in the Premier League and his preference for Chelsea as a destination could work in the Blues' favour.

Antonio Conte, recently appointed as Napoli's head coach, has made it clear that Osimhen has an agreement to leave the club. Conte is also keen to bring Lukaku into his squad, but Napoli faces competition from AC Milan, who are also in talks with Chelsea over a possible deal for the Belgian striker.

Lukaku's potential move to Napoli could hinge on the club's ability to secure funds from Osimhen's sale, making the Nigerian's transfer a crucial piece in the puzzle. With Conte's influence and Lukaku's desire to reunite with his former coach, Napoli will be hoping to finalise both deals in the coming weeks.

With top clubs like Chelsea, Arsenal, and Paris Saint-Germain closely monitoring the situation, the coming weeks promise to be crucial in determining Osimhen's next destination.