Victor Osimhen has dropped a subtle hint regarding where his next move could be amid the current uncertainty surrounding his future.
Osimhen's existing Napoli contract expires in 2025 and he is one to watch over the next two transfer windows as the striker continues to stall on a new deal.
🚨 Chelsea are continuing to keep a watching brief on Victor Osimhen's ongoing status at Napoli, despite rumours of a move to Liverpool being agreed for the 24-year-old.
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Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has already opened the door to an exit for Osimhen, who was a transfer target for Al-Hilal last summer.
However, the Nigerian international has now revealed his preference for Major League Soccer over the Saudi Pro League.
“It [Saudi Pro League] is on the rise, it attracted a lot of talent last summer, and many players went there,” Osimhen said in a recent interview on Twitch.
“However, under the same economic conditions, I prefer MLS.”
Due to the financial structure of the MLS, it is almost impossible that any American club will be able to afford Osimhen at the moment, meaning that the striker is on course to remain in Europe for the foreseeable future.
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Osimhen is arguably the most in-demand striker in Europe off the back of his goalscoring heroics last time out where he led Napoli to Serie A glory.
He continues to attract interest from all around the globe, but only a few clubs can cough up the asking price likely to be demanded by Napoli.
Since their acquisition by the Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabian outfits such as Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr have exhibited great financial muscle having attracted a host of big names.
They could potentially be in the mix to sign Osimhen should he be put on the market but his recent comments have all but ruled out a move to the Arab country, leaving Premier League giants such as Chelsea and Manchester United with one less competitor to worry about.
Both of the clubs mentioned above have been linked with a move for Osimhen, who is expected to command a transfer fee of well over €100 million.
Liverpool sent scouts to watch Osimhen in Portugal in the international friendlies.
Chelsea & Man Utd are on alert after the latest development.
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Chelsea are reportedly plotting a January swoop for Osimhen as they look to address their deficiencies in front of goal and the Blues will be relieved to hear that their transfer target is not currently thinking about joining the mass exodus of top stars to the Middle East.
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