Arsenal is gearing up for a fierce transfer battle with Chelsea as they prepare to make a substantial end-of-season offer for Napoli’s prolific striker, Victor Osimhen, as per Soccernet.NG.
Despite being on contrasting paths in the Premier League this season, both Arsenal and Chelsea are facing similar challenges in front of goal. Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal is in the title race, while Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea finds themselves in a mid-table struggle. The primary concern for both teams has been the lack of efficiency in their attacking departments.
According to reports from Soccernet.NG and The Mirror, Arsenal is preparing a substantial bid to compete with Chelsea’s interest in Victor Osimhen. The Nigerian forward, widely regarded as one of the top talents in Serie A, is currently in action for Nigeria at the AFCON 2023 tournament in Ivory Coast.
Osimhen’s potential move to Chelsea seemed imminent, with the club reportedly preparing an official summer bid for the CAF Player of the Year. However, Arsenal, under the management of Mikel Arteta, is determined to secure the services of the 25-year-old striker. Osimhen’s new contract with Napoli includes a hefty €130 million release clause, valid until 2026.
While Chelsea is considered to be in the lead for Osimhen’s signature, the player’s preference remains uncertain. Arsenal is not putting all their eggs in one basket and is also exploring alternatives, including a potential move for Brentford’s striker, Ivan Toney, should negotiations with Osimhen prove unsuccessful.