Report: Chelsea looking to sign £86m striker after Lukaku leaves, he claims Drogba is his favourite player
Chelsea are reportedly interested in Napoli star Victor Osimhen as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku this summer.
The transfer rumours are rapidly increasing around the future of Blues striker Lukaku, who appears to be heading out of the Stamford Bridge exit doors. Sky Sports claims Chelsea and Inter Milan have now agreed a loan deal for the 29-year-old to join the Italians next season.
According to the Daily Mail, Thomas Tuchel’s side are already eyeing up potential replacements to fill the Lukaku void.
It is understood Napoli forward Osimhen is in Chelsea’s sights, along with Lille’s Jonathan David and Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.
The report admits there may be a concern over the valuations of the aforementioned trio, who are also targeted by rivals Arsenal.
Chelsea interested in Osimhen
Osimhen, 23, is an extremely talented youngster that’s already demanding a lot of attention.
It’s been reported by Gazetta this summer that Napoli will demand a mouthwatering €100million (£86million) to sell their key centre-forward in this window.
The Nigeria international has scored 28 goals in 62 Napoli appearances since joining two years ago.
He explained back in 2020 that he grew up watching Chelsea and African legend Didier Drogba as his favourite player. There’s plenty of similarities in his game with sheer pace, power and aerial presence.
“I grew up watching Didier Drogba play, he was an example for me. I fell in love with his way of playing and the kind of person he is. From that moment, seeing Drogba play had a major impact on my game and helped me a lot,” Osimhen said.
CF spot at Stamford Bridge
With Lukaku’s exit seemingly imminent, it’ll be interesting to see how Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel views his centre-forward position ahead of the new season.
German duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner are currently options to play in the No.9 role. Tuchel reportedly plans to check on 20-year-old Blues striker Armando Broja during pre-season, too.
The same kind of pressure would exist on Osimhen’s shoulders if he signed as a replacement for Lukaku.