Chelsea is reportedly gearing up to activate the €120m (£103.3m) release clause embedded in Napoli striker Victor Osimhen’s contract during the upcoming summer transfer window.
Following Osimhen’s impressive performance, securing the Capocannoniere as the top scorer in Napoli’s victorious 2022-23 Serie A season, numerous top clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Saudi Arabian clubs, expressed interest in the Super Eagles striker.
Despite Osimhen’s links to various potential suitors, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis insisted on a nine-figure sum for the star player, dissuading many from pursuing the transfer. Consequently, Osimhen extended his stay with Napoli, signing a new contract until the culmination of the 2025-26 season.
In a strategic move, Napoli agreed to incorporate a release clause of €120m (£103.3m) into Osimhen’s renewed contract, allowing potential suitors to secure his services while maintaining his market value.
Reports from Il Mattino, via Calcio Napoli 24, reveal that Chelsea is undeterred by Osimhen’s contract extension and the substantial release clause. The Blues are reportedly gearing up to trigger this release clause in the upcoming summer transfer window, signaling their strong interest in acquiring the prolific striker.
As the summer approaches, Chelsea’s pursuit of Victor Osimhen adds an intriguing dimension to the transfer market, showcasing the club’s determination to secure top talent for the upcoming seasons.