Chelsea finalized £50 million striker transfer decision following Pochettino’s January meeting

Chelsea finalized £50 million striker transfer decision following Pochettino’s January meeting

Mauricio Pochettino and Chelsea have made a huge January transfer decision in their hunt to sign a new striker. The Blues acquired the services of both Christopher Nkunku and Nicolas Jackson in the summer but are still searching for an elite and natural No.9 with several names linked.

Napoli star Victor Osimhen is perhaps the option that best fits the type of player Chelsea are looking for with his obscene goal-record in Italy. Ahead of the winter window, numerous updates have emerged regarding the future of Osimhen with a new contract signed and announced by Napoli last week.

While it would appear as though that would end transfer speculation, the extension is only for a further year to 2026 which certainly suggests a significant pay rise has been given to him with the expectation Napoli will ask for more money when he ultimately does depart. The 25-year-old also appears to want the move to Stamford Bridge after he replied to a Chelsea fans happy birthday message and request for him to join on X (formerly Twitter) with two red heart emojis and a prayer hands emoji.

Ivan Toney is another option for Chelsea with the England international now available for Brentford’s next league game after serving an eight-month ban for betting breaches. Premier League rivals Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Toney, although the Bees and Thomas Frank are hopeful he stays.

The Blues have been busy in the last two transfer windows signing in the region of 20 new players, and although a meeting is set to discuss plans, Pochettino is expecting a mostly quiet January. “I think we are going to discuss with the owner and the sporting director but it is going to be a decision from everywhere,” he said when asked about the January transfer window following a 3-2 win over Luton Town on TNT Sport.

“I think at the moment, the most important thing is to work with our squad and our team. There are too many players that need to step up and be part of the squad and the team and be available. “We suffered many injuries at the start of the season – to be honest, I am not thinking of going into the market personally, but we will discuss with the owners all together to make a decision for the team.”

It is possible that meeting may have already taken place with a final decision being made on an alternative striker transfer option to Osimhen and Toney. Journalist Simon Phillips, via his Substack, wrote: “I am told [Dominic] Solanke is not being considered by Chelsea.” The former Blues star has been linked with a sensational return to Stamford Bridge after greatly impressing at Bournemouth this season.

The 26-year-old has already scored 12 Premier League goals this season that places him level with Son Heung-min and Mohamed Salah while only two off Erling Haaland. A report from The Daily Star in December revealed the Cherries valued their star striker at £50million and that may have been considered too much by Chelsea.

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