Chelsea in pole position for securing Osimhen's signature

Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen could compete his next season in Europe with England's Premier League heavyweight Chelsea FC, according to the Evening Standard.

The former Nigerian junior international is one of the most wanted forwards in Europe after scoring 25 goals in 29 participations for the leaders of the Italian Serie A, Napoli, this season.

According to the report, the Blues consider the 24-year-old child their main target this summer, while they hunt for a physical scorer upstairs.

Graham Potter's men have endured a dismal season in front of goal, scoring just 29 goals in 27 Premier League games.

 They will face fierce competition to land Osimhen, with top-flight rivals Manchester United, another club known to be interested in the Super Eagles ace.

 But the Red Devils are also expected to push to sign Tottenham striker, Harry Kane, which could put the West Londoners in the driving seat for their prime target.

Osimhen reportedly grew up idolising Chelsea icon, Didier Drogba, seemingly giving him the upper hand in proceedings.

 The fee could be the biggest challenge for both clubs should they want to land the forward, with the Partenopei notoriously difficult negotiators.

 They are thought to be demanding a fee of between £88million and £132m, something that may prove an issue with Chelsea's compliance with financial fair play rules following their heavy January outlay.

 The Blues are also set to make a bid for Barcelona and Spain left-back, Alejandro Balde, 19, to replace Ben Chilwell, according to Sport.

 Catalan outlet, El Nacional, reports that Arsenal are set to go back in for Brazilian winger, Raphinha, 26, who chose Barcelona over the Gunners when he joined from Leeds last summer.

 Further reports in Spain indicate Roma are weighing up a move for United goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, when his contract expires in the summer.

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