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Chelsea offers Lukaku in swap deal for Osimhen

African footballers. Chelsea propose swap for Osimhen. Chelsea is ready to make a substantial offer to sign their top target, Victor Osimhen, for the upcoming season. They have put forward an enticing proposal for the Nigerian striker, who has been on their radar for a while now.

The London club is prepared to compete with Paris Saint-Germain for Osimhen’s signature this summer. Despite having a contract with Napoli until 2026, Osimhen is expected to move in the upcoming transfer window.

The 25-year-old forward is highly regarded in world football and has drawn interest from several top clubs across Europe, including Liverpool, Manchester United, and Arsenal. Since joining Napoli in 2020, Osimhen has shown steady improvement, featuring in 130 matches and contributing to 94 goals (75 goals, 18 assists).
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Chelsea offer Lukaku for Osimhen

Meanwhile, Chelsea is aiming to outbid their rivals in the pursuit of Osimhen this summer. According to Punch NG, they are considering including Romelu Lukaku in the deal for the Napoli star. The Blues hope that adding Lukaku to the offer will reduce the financial outlay for the 25-year-old striker. They are prepared to offer €90 million along with the loaned-out AS Roma striker, instead of meeting Osimhen’s release clause of €130 million.

Lukaku has expressed his desire to leave Chelsea and prefers to continue playing in Italy. This has prompted the London club to explore ways to offload the striker.

More about Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku, born on May 13, 1993, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Roma on loan from Chelsea and the Belgium national team. Lukaku began his career at Anderlecht before joining Chelsea in 2011. Limited playing time led to loans at West Bromwich Albion and Everton, where he became a top goalscorer. In 2017, he moved to Manchester United for a then club-record fee before joining Inter Milan in 2019 for €80 million, winning a Serie A title and accolades.

Returning to Chelsea in 2021 for a record fee, Lukaku was subsequently loaned back to Italy. He is Belgium’s all-time top goalscorer and has represented his country at major tournaments, including the UEFA European Championships and FIFA World Cups.
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More about Victor Osimhen

Victor Osimhen
Victor Osimhen

Victor James Osimhen, born December 29, 1998, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Napoli in Serie A and the Nigeria national team. Osimhen began his senior career at VfL Wolfsburg in Germany before moving to Lille in Ligue 1, where he scored eighteen goals in one season. In 2020, he joined Napoli for a club-record fee of €70 million, winning the Serie A Best Young Player award in 2021–22 and finishing as the league’s top scorer with 26 goals the following season.

Osimhen won the Golden Boot at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and has represented Nigeria in senior international competitions, including the Africa Cup of Nations. He was named African Footballer of the Year at the 2023 CAF Awards and finished eighth in the 2023 Ballon d’Or rankings.