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Chelsea transfer news: What Blues can offer Victor Osimhen that Arsenal and PSG can’t

Robin Bairner
Victor Osimhen, Napoli, 2023/24
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Chelsea face a threat from Arsenal and PSG over the signing of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen.

The Blues have put in weeks of groundwork into securing the Nigeria international forward, yet with just a matter of weeks before the summer transfer window opens, there is suddenly the prospect of them missing out on their No.1 target.

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side always had a disadvantage in this race due to their on-field form. Without Champions League football, attracting the world’s best players is always liable to be problematic.

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On top of this, the Blues have been unable to express their financial strength in this deal. Osimhen has a release clause in his Napoli contract worth around €120-130 million, which means he can move to any club that triggers that fee.

TeamTalk reports that both Arsenal and PSG have edged ahead of the Chelsea in this race.

Both these clubs are further on in their respective projects than the Blues. Champions League football and a fight for trophies is guaranteed at these outfits.

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Victor Osimhen, Napooli
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Why Chelsea can still win Osimhen race

But Chelsea have a secret weapon in their armoury that can help persuade Osimhen that Stamford Bridge is the right choice for him.

Indeed, that is the evidence provided by data analytics firm SciSports. The experts believe that Chelsea is better option for Osimhen than both Arsenal and PSG.

Rating each club based on a series of variables to come up with a Club Fit score, the Blues land a total of 73 – one clear of each of their rivals in the race for the 25-year-old.

And it’s clear the selling point that Chelsea can use: they can offer Osimhen the most regular playing time.

Victor Osimhen’s best transfer destinations (SciSports)

Club Fit Development Playing Time Style Formation
Liverpool 79 **** ** ***** *****
Newcastle 78 *** **** ***** *****
Real Madrid 78 **** **** * ***
Man City 77 ***** * **** ****
Chelsea 73 * ***** **** ****
PSG 72 ** **** * **
Arsenal 72 *** * ***** *****
Napoli 71 * ***** ***** *****

The Blues also have a playing style and formation that fits Osimhen’s style neatly – something not on offer at PSG.

There are better options available to him even than Chelsea, though these clubs that are a better fit on paper are unlikely to be interested in meeting his release clause.

Liverpool, for example, come out on top with a Club Fit score of 79, ahead of Newcastle (78) and Real Madrid (78).

Chelsea’s real competition, though, comes from Arsenal and PSG, but if they use their advantage, they still possess a decisive edge over these giants.

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