Chelsea now has the upper hand against Arsenal in the race to sign Victor Osimhen

Arsenal’s pursuit of Declan Rice and Moises Caicedo has given Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United an advantage in their chase of Napoli attacker Victor Osimhen

Osimhen has been fantastic for Napoli this season, scoring 22 goals in just 27 Serie A games to lead his team to their first championship since 1990. Numerous prestigious clubs in Europe are interested in signing him this summer as a result of his performance. The German champions Bayern Munich are all but out of the running because of the predicted high price tag for the Nigerian international. Bayern Munich are now believed to chase Eintracht Frankfurt striker Randal Kolo Muani.

Osimhen’s move to the Premier League appears to be the most likely outcome given the high level of investment in England. Osimhen is among the players being linked to both Man Utd and Chelsea, who both urgently need a new No. 9. Surprisingly, Arsenal has also been mentioned in connection with the 24-year-old. But this summer, Mikel Arteta’s team is anticipated to look for a new midfielder, with Declan Rice of West Ham and England reportedly being their primary target.

Rice’s price tag should be at least £80 million, which will certainly take up a significant portion of the Arsenal’s transfer budget, making the acquisition of a high-priced striker unlikely. If Arteta decides to add a new forward, it might be Raphinha, who the Londoners wanted to recruit last year before Barcelona acquired him from Leeds. Additionally, according to ESPN, Man Utd and Chelsea have the advantage in their pursuit of Osimhen because Arsenal prioritises adding reinforcements to its midfield.

‘Arsenal have had a wonderful season and have also been connected with Osimhen, but are more likely to bring in a central midfielder,’ journalist Jon Molyneux-Carter said on their website. “The club almost spent £70 million to sign Moises Caicedo from Brighton in January and could go back for him, or focus on Declan Rice from West Ham.” Despite their considerable investment in first-team players over the past year, Molyneux-Carter claims that Chelsea will ‘probably surely’ try to add a striker this summer and should be prepared to spend ‘big money’.

Osimhen is anticipated to cost ‘upwards of €130m’ despite interest from the Blues, Man Utd, Bayern Munich, and Paris Saint-Germain. Chelsea’s failure to score goals has been one of their main problems so far this season. Despite spending close to £600 million on a number of new players, the club’s recruitment department was unable to sign a proven goal scorer. In fact, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is well past his prime and has hardly played since the start of the year, was the only natural striker they bought.

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