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Chelsea join Manchester United in making star striker their no.1 summer target

They have been warned it could cost as much as 150m

Chelsea have joined the race for Napoli star Victor Osimhen this summer, with Manchester United set to rival them for the Nigerian striker.

The Blues have struggled at the top of the pitch in recent seasons, with Timo Werner having already left the club following two disappointing seasons and one-time record signing Romelu Lukaku lasting just one season before returning to Inter Milan on loan.

Though he is set to return to Stamford Bridge this summer, he is not expected to play for Chelsea again. Meanwhile, Pierre Emerick Aubameyang is in discussions with a move to the MLS after being left out of the Champions League squad for the remainder of the season, while Kai Havertz hasn’t really set the Premier League alight since his big-money move from Bayer Leverkusen in 2020.

Though Cristopher Nkunku is on his way to west London this summer, there is still a clear need for a goalscoring striker, with the Blues having only managed 22 goals in 21 Premier League games, the fewest of any side in the top half.

And, as per 90 min, “the Blues are desperate to win the race for Osimhen”, despite having been warned that Serie A’s top goalscorer will cost up to 150m euros to take him out of the south of Italy, where he is currently spearheading a charge for the Serie A title.

However, they add, “Chelsea are expected to try and reduce that fee by offering a number of players in exchange, with Romelu Lukaku one of a number of possibilities if the Belgian does not return to Inter”.

With sixteen goals in seventeen Serie A games this season, the striker is hot property, and is set to spark a massive bidding war this summer.

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