Chelsea new strategy to sign Victor Osimhen revealed

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We are now into the final days of the 2024 January transfer window and it has been an uncharacteristically slow month for Chelsea. The Blues came into January very flexible; if the right deals presented themselves, then they would make a move.

However, there would be no panic. Perhaps slightly different to the chaos we have seen from the club in recent windows. It is no secret that Chelsea are on the hunt for a new striker but this month has proven difficult business-wise for all clubs.

The Premier League’s strict stance on Profit and Sustainability Rules (PSR) has forced clubs from the bottom to the top of the division to be more cautious in how they conduct dealings. January is hard at the best of times to make signings, but it has proven even more tricky this month because of the PSR.

It is not as if Chelsea have not explored any potential signings. The Blues have held direct talks with both OGC Nice and Sporting CP this month to ask about central defenders Jean-Clair Todibo and Ousmane Diomande, football.london understands.

For the latter, Diomande, there has been more groundwork done. Chelsea have been watching how the 20-year-old defender has been developing this season and held positive talks with his employers and entourage earlier in the month.

The Blues, however, quickly found out that getting a deal done before the end of January would be difficult – and expensive. Sporting are adamant they do not want to let Diomande leave the club this month and the only way they would sell him is if his £69million release clause was met.

Chelsea, understandably, do not want to pay such a figure for a relatively inexperienced defender, especially in today’s market. As of right now, it seems likely that the club will keep in contact with Diomande and his representatives between now and the end of the season before trying to drive Sporting’s asking price down in the summer transfer window.

With more time and resources to look for potential replacements, the summer window would make more sense for Sporting, who have established themselves as a ‘selling club’ in recent times, to part ways with the Ivorian. Chelsea’s pursuit of a young centre-back may have a bearing on what happens with Thiago Silva.

The 39-year-old is almost into the final five months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and a decision over his future has not yet been made. Mauricio Pochettino said last week that he does not know what the future holds for Silva.

Trevoh Chalobah now looks more likely to leave the club in the summer window. The 24-year-old defender has plenty of interest from Fulham and other Premier League clubs but Chelsea will not let the Cobham graduate leave for cheap.

Coming into January, it looked very likely that Chalobah would move on from Stamford Bridge but nothing has materialised. The defender is yet to feature competitively under Pochettino because of an injury he suffered in pre-season.

Fellow academy graduates Conor Gallagher and Armando Broja have also been strongly linked with moves away from Chelsea this month. However, with just a few days remaining of the window, it looks more and more likely they will remain with the club at least until the end of the season.

Gallagher has 17 months remaining on his contract in SW6 and has mass interest from elsewhere in the Premier League. Tottenham are one of the clubs that have shown an interest in the England international but are unlikely to do anything in the remaining days.

The 23-year-old midfielder wants to stay at Chelsea and head coach Pochettino wants that, too. The club, though, would be open to offers for the right price – unspecified how much that is – for the midfielder.

Broja’s situation is similar. The Albanian striker has plenty of interest, with both Fulham and West Ham United keeping a close eye on developments. Chelsea would like to sell Broja but only if their £50million asking price is met.

In terms of incomings up front, it is looking less and less likely there will be one before the window’s closure. A short-term option has not been ruled out, football.london understands, and Karim Benzema’s name has been doing the rounds online.

Benzema’s extortionate wages, though, present a big obstacle for Chelsea. A loan move where Al-Ittihad cover the majority of his salary would be feasible but it surely does not sound too appealing to the Saudi Pro League club.

If Chelsea were to move for a short-term option, it would not scupper what they plan to do in the summer. It would be more of a ‘stop-gap’ than anything else until they can spend more in the summer and make a statement signing.

It will be no surprise who they are planning on that statement signing being. Of course, it’s Victor Osimhen. The Napoli striker looks certain to leave the Italian club at the end of the season with a big queue of clubs circling around him.

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently came out and all but confirmed the Nigeria international’s departure in the summer. He said: “This was already known since this summer, our negotiations [over the new contract] were friendly, otherwise it would not have been so long. We knew he would go to Real Madrid, PSG, or a top English club.”

Chelsea are expected to go big for Osimhen in the summer and early indications are that he would be open to moving to Stamford Bridge for the next stage of his career. A lot can happen, though, with other top European clubs also expected to move for the prolific 25-year-old striker.

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