Report: 23-year-old striker not interested in joining Newcastle, but Chelsea want him

Chelsea have reportedly been handed a boost in their quest for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, as he is not interested in a move to Newcastle.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Nigerian is not interested in approaches from Newcastle or Arsenal, as he maintains interest in competing in the Champions League.

Newcastle are still hunting a striker and have been linked with Osimhen consistently throughout the summer, although Arsenal’s signing of Gabriel Jesus means they are unlikely to bring in another number nine.

The 23-year-old impressed again after move to Italy from Lille, scoring 18 goals in all competitions, including four in five in Europe.

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Osimhen has been linked to a move with Chelsea in the past week in the Daily Mail, with the player himself idolising Blues legend Didier Drogba.

The striker has flourished for his national team since his debut in 2017, scoring 15 goals in 23 appearances for the Super Eagles.

With La Gazetta dello Sport reporting the striker is keen on remaining in the Champions League after Napoli’s qualification, Chelsea could now move ahead of their rivals for a deal as they continue to hunt for their Romelu Lukaku replacement.

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The Blues have been linked with a number of forwards as the Belgian is set to join Inter Milan on loan, with Robert Lewandowski one of the names touted as a potential signing, following his open desire to leave Bayern Munich.

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Osimhen has so far dealt well with his big-money transfer, after his move for approximately £70m made him the most expensive African player of all time.

At 6’1, the striker holds the physical traits to compete in the Premier League, although he is more renowned for his ability on the ball, potentially lending him better to Chelsea’s style of play.

He is also known for his ability in the air, with the club looking desperate last season for someone to be able to make the most of Reece James and Ben Chilwell’s crossing ability. This could attract the club to a move for Osimhen, as an alternative option to Kai Havertz up front.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.