In a major transfer revelation, English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea is reportedly gearing up to activate the release clause in the contract of Napoli’s prolific striker, Victor Osimhen, according to Soccernet.NG.
The 25-year-old Super Eagles sensation, currently representing Nigeria at the AFCON tournament, has been a subject of consistent speculation about his future.
Victor Osimhen had an outstanding year with Napoli under the management of Luciano Spaletti, contributing significantly to the club’s Serie A triumph. His individual accolades included winning the Italian Player of the Year, CAF Player of the Year, and securing the 8th position in the prestigious Ballon d’Or rankings.
Despite being linked with various clubs, Osimhen chose to extend his stay at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium, signing a new deal that binds him to Napoli until the summer of 2026. However, the contract comes with a substantial release clause, reported to be around €130 million, serving as a deterrent to potential suitors.
As per sources from Calcio Napoli, Mauricio Pochettino’s Chelsea is prepared to meet the hefty release clause to secure Osimhen’s services. Pochettino has been an outspoken admirer of the Nigerian striker, and with Chelsea facing a goal drought this season, he sees Osimhen as the solution to bolster the team’s attacking prowess.
The potential move has gained support from Chelsea legends, including Mikel Obi and Didier Drogba, both expressing their admiration for the CAF Player of the Year award winner. They have openly welcomed the idea of Osimhen donning the Chelsea colors, adding further fuel to the transfer speculations.
Victor Osimhen is currently on international duty with the Nigerian national team at the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast, aiming to make a significant impact before potentially making a high-profile move to Stamford Bridge. The activation of the release clause would undoubtedly make Osimhen one of the marquee signings of the summer transfer window.