Victor Osimhen

Chelsea are exploring signing a new striker next summer, understands with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen emerging as a favourite among scouts.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought in from Barcelona late in the summer transfer window, and while his return of three goals from six games is more than respectable, there is an acceptance that the 33-year-old will not be Chelsea’s long-term striker.

The Blues do have Romelu Lukaku on the books, but sources have confirmed to 90min that Chelsea and manager Graham Potter are not planning to reintegrate the Belgian in the squad after his loan from Inter comes to an end and will instead try to offload him permanently.

In his place, Chelsea  hope to make a significant splash on a new striker and scouts have been sent around the world to draw up a list of potential options, and there have been glowing reports of 23-year-old Osimhen, who has been of interest to the Blues in the past.

The Nigeria international has four goals in eight games this season, maintaining the electric form that saw him finish the 2021/22 Serie A campaign with 14 goals in 27 outings.

Under contract until 2025, Osimhen has been highlighted as a possible target but Chelsea are by no means alone, with  Bayern Munich known to be fans of the Nigeria international.