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Chelsea Rules Out January Move for Napoli’s Osimhen

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By Milcah Tanimu

Reports suggest that Chelsea is no longer considering a January move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen. The need for additional attacking options, particularly behind Nicolas Jackson, has been a priority for the club, given injuries to Armando Broja and Christopher Nkunku in the past year.

Despite Jackson’s recent hat-trick and strong performances, Chelsea had been linked with Osimhen. However, Football London now reports that a January deal for the Nigerian striker is unlikely due to the substantial fee involved.

The report indicates that Chelsea paid a significant amount to sign Enzo Fernandez last January but is hesitant to make a similar investment this time. Ivan Toney of Brentford is reportedly another option, with a lower fee expected.

While Chelsea remains undecided about entering the market for a new striker in January or waiting until next summer, the club recognizes the need for depth, especially considering Nkunku’s and Broja’s injury histories.

Nkunku, who scored 58 goals in his final two seasons with RB Leipzig, faced fitness issues recently, and Broja has proven to be a valuable option for Mauricio Pochettino after recovering from a serious knee injury.

If Chelsea decides to bring in Osimhen or Toney, it could impact Broja’s future at the club, with the Albanian potentially becoming the third choice behind Jackson and the soon-to-return Nkunku.

Despite concerns earlier in the season about Chelsea’s attacking capabilities, recent performances have seen them find the back of the net more consistently, easing some of the pressure on the need for immediate reinforcements.

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