Chelsea ‘exploring’ multiple striker options with Man Utd and Arsenal linked star tipped as ‘favourite’

Napoli striker has also been linked with Arsenal and other Premier League sides. Graham Potter set for first window at Stamford Bridge in 10 weeks time.

The situation at Chelsea continues to develop ahead of the January transfer window which is now a little over ten weeks away from opening.

The biggest area which Graham Potter may need to address could be in attack as the former Brighton boss and the club’s recruitment staff look to find the long term solution to their centre forward problems. Summer arrival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is filling that role adequately at the moment with three goals in his last five matches for the Blues but the 33-year old is seemingly only a stop-gap until a younger striker can be brought in. The Stamford Bridge side also have Romelu Lukaku on loan in the Serie A with Inter Milan, who could return to London if the San Siro club do not exercise the option to buy, and it’s the Italian top flight that they could turn to for their new first choice centre forward.

According to 90min, Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is the ‘favourite’ player to be their main transfer target but Chelsea are far from the only Premier League side thought to be interested in the Nigerian. Arsenal and Manchester United have also been linked with the 23-year old in the past and Stamford Bridge scouts appear to also like what others have seen.

The recruitment staff are said to have been sent ‘around the world’ to find the club’s new centre forward and it is the same reports that claims Aubameyang is not the long term solution to filling the position. Osimhen is under contract until 2025 and, despite much speculation, his agent recently confirmed there were no approaches for his services in the summer and the player was committed to Napoli regardless.

Another player mentioned is Juventus’ centre forward Dusan Vlahovic but a deal for the Serbian looks less likely. Apparently Chelsea would ‘consider a move’ should the 22-year old if he ‘hit the market’. However, that looks unlikely with the former Fiorentina star having only moved to Turin in January for a fee of between €70 million and €80 million. Nothing about his club form suggests that Juve would look to offload their nine who has netted eight goals in 15 games across all competitions this season.