Chelsea has entered the pursuit for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen. Manchester United identified Victor Osimhen as one of their summer transfer window targets, although they may balk at the £89 million valuation.
Chelsea is now prepared to join them in their pursuit. The Blues have already agreed to acquire RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku this summer.
Osimhen, 24, is one of the most sought-after players in Europe after scoring 15 goals in 20 appearances.
And Chelsea are prepared to compete with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for the powerhouse striker’s signing, as they want to continue spending heavily under their new co-owners.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought in to supply the goals Chelsea need, but he has been excluded from Graham Potter’s Champions League team for the second half of the season due to his inability to duplicate the form he showed at Barcelona.
Todd Boehly and Company have proven they will pay whatever it takes to acquire the best young talent they can acquire. Napoli is requesting around £100 million for Osimhen.
The Nigerian international started his professional career with German club Wolfsburg before moving on to Charleroi, Lille, and finally Napoli.
In the meantime, Philippe Coutinho is a target for Galatasaray. The out-of-favor Aston Villa player is wanted on loan before the February 8 deadline in Turkey. Coutinho was rumored to be returning to South America last month, but no deal materialized.
This has opened the way for Galatasaray to strengthen their roster in an effort to solidify their position atop the Super Lig table. Since Villa replaced Steven Gerrard with Unai Emery in November, Coutinho has fallen down the pecking order.
Under the Spaniard, he has failed to start a Premier League game, with his one start coming in a shocking FA Cup loss to Stevenage.
Galatasaray is aware that they can provide him with far greater playing time, and Villa is unlikely to oppose his departure.
The former Liverpool player has a contract with Villa until 2026, but he has struggled since making his original loan transfer from Barcelona permanent last summer.
He is one of the top earners at the West Midlands club, and Villa would prefer a permanent contract in order to free up salary cap space. However, if he can rediscover his form in Turkey, there will be more summer suitors for him.