Capello thinks £87m striker Chelsea reportedly want could be brilliant

Fabio Capello thinks Chelsea target Victor Osimhen has room for growth beyond his current abilities.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia (as relayed by TUTTOmercatoWEB) at the Globe Soccer Event, Capello gave his verdict on the Napoli striker.

Osimhen was in attendance at the award ceremony in Dubai to collect the Best Emerging Player accolade.

At 23 and with nearly 100 senior goals to his name, the forward has arguably already emerged onto the European scene.

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But this not taking anything away from the Nigeria international’s achievements in the past 12-months.

He has already converted 10 times this season, despite missing several games through injury.

Napoli’s number nine rippled the net on 18 occasions the campaign before, again with the disruption of numerous trips to the treatment room.

If not for his poor medical record, Osimhen would be right amongst the world’s best attackers in terms of scoring numbers.

Yet, his qualities are clear for the world to see and the honour he received yesterday was deserved.

It is surely just a sign of things to come for the menace to Serie A defenders.

“But Osimhen is young, he can improve. (Rafael) Leao has more class, but Osimhen is a centre-forward, one who scores,” explained Capello.

Osimhen or Leao?

It is interesting that the former England manager mentioned Leao in conversation with Osimhen, considering they are in the same boat.

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The pair both have similar domestic ambitions: win the Italian league with their respective clubs.

Personally, picking up the Golden Boot will surely be on their minds as well.

If one outscores the other, the winner of the personal duel may well be heading to Chelsea.

Todd Boehly is reportedly keen on adding Osimhen to the roster at Stamford Bridge.

His £87m transfer value might be a turn off, however.

That’s nothing compared to the £105m tag AC Milan have apparently slapped on Leao, another attacking name on the Blues’ radar.

Take your shot at the sharp shooters, Boehly.

"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."