In an effort to entice the in-form striker to Stamford Bridge, English Premier League heavyweights Chelsea are reportedly willing to quadruple Victor Osimhen‘s current pay at Napoli. Tottenham and Manchester United are also reportedly interested in signing the Nigerian.
Serie A’s top scorer this season, Osimhen, has led Napoli’s quest for a first Scudetto victory this century with 19 goals in 21 league games, and CalcioMercato reports that Todd Boehly is willing to spend big money once more to sign him.
Osimhen makes the second-highest pay in Napoli, taking home €104,808 (N51m) every week and €419,232 (N204m) per month. He makes a total of €5m (N2.5bn) per year with the Italian team that is in title contention.
If the CalcioMercato rumor is accurate, the striker would receive N5 billion annually if he agreed to sign with the Blues.
Ten Hag has listed him (Osimhen) as the top reinforcement for Manchester United, while Chelsea have recently started to show up again, according to the website.
“Todd Boehly is willing to treble the striker from Nigeria’s current €4.5 million net pay. De Laurentiis is prepared to respond when the Premier League calls: “An offer of €120/€130m will be needed to examine a sale of Osimhen.”
According to the rumor, Aurelio De Laurentiis, owner of Napoli, has set a price tag of €130 million (£115 million) on his star striker ahead of the summer transfer season. And this fee might actually be paid, as we have seen from Chelsea under Boehly.
However, there will be competition for Osimhen, as journalist Rudy Galetti has reported that Tottenham are interested in acquiring the striker should Harry Kane decide to leave north London this summer. This possibility is slowly becoming more likely as Antonio Conte looks increasingly likely to step down as manager at the end of the current campaign.
While Tottenham might soon have the money to sign Osimhen, Chelsea’s spending history under Boehly, regardless how brief his time at the club has been, strongly implies that the Premier League team in 10th place can blow Daniel Levy out of the water with another British-record offer.
Osimhen also won another prize after being named the Best Foreign Athlete in Italy for 2022.
After an outstanding year in 2022, Osimhen received the award from the Foreign Press in Italy.
From the start of last year, the Super Eagles star has been unstoppable in front of goal for Napoli.
In 32 games, including 14 in 27 league contests, Osimhen concluded the 2021–2022 season with 18 goals and five assists.
In the second half of the season, Osimhen scored seven of his 14 league goals.
The Nigerian international has continued in the same vein this season, scoring two goals in four Champions League games and 19 league goals in 21 games.
Despite missing a month of play, Osimhen managed to score 10 goals in the first half of the 2022–23 season, including nine in Italy’s top division.
His outstanding performances have now been acknowledged by the international press in Italy, which has named him the best foreign athlete in the nation for 2022.