Chelsea seems to be eyeing an economical move by targeting Club Brugge’s rising starlet, Antonio Nusa, rather than pursuing Victor Osimhen in the upcoming transfer window.
The Blues, in search of a fresh striker have reportedly set their sights on the 18-year-old as a promising addition to their squad.
According to Evening Standard, Chelsea is contemplating a move for the Norwegian, although his natural position is perceived more as a wide player. While Osimhen remains a prime target for the Blues, his acquisition may come at a steep cost.
Napoli has slapped a whopping £100 million price tag on the Nigerian forward, who has expressed interest in joining Stamford Bridge.
Osimhen displayed an exceptional scoring record last season with 26 goals in 32 Serie A appearances and has continued his prolific form in the current campaign, netting six times in eight outings.
Although Osimhen fits the bill perfectly for Chelsea’s attacking needs, the likelihood of securing his transfer mid-season from Napoli seems slim. As an alternative, Chelsea appears inclined to secure Nusa’s services in January for a significantly lower fee.
Despite his age, Nusa is already a 4-cap Norweigen senior international and a regular starter for Belgian Pro League side Club Brugge.
The teenager can play right across the front three but has mostly been deployed at left wing. Mauricio Pochettino is understood to be a keen admirer of the player with reports in Spain claiming that the Argentine has requested Chelsea sign Nusa in January.
Club Brugge want £25.7m for his services which could prove to be an excellent coup in years to come given his lofty potential.
Another striker who is reportedly on Chelsea’s shortlist is Ivan Toney. The Brentford striker is set to return to action after an eight-month ban for breaching Premier League betting regulations, allowing clubs to potentially pursue his transfer from January 16 onwards.
However, Brentford’s asking price for Toney stands at a hefty £80 million, despite having only eighteen months left on his current contract.
This substantial valuation might present a challenge for potential suitors, including Chelsea, contemplating a move for the player.