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Transfer: Chelsea halt Osimhen’s January chase

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Chelsea have reportedly moved away from the idea of making a move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen in January.

Signing a new attacker is top of the Chelsea wishlist currently, given the lack of cover behind Nicolas Jackson with Armando Broja and Christopher Nkunku both having suffered serious injuries in the past year.

Jackson has had a mixed start to life at Stamford Bridge too, after being dropped recently, but he did reclaim his place and scored a hat-trick away to Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea’s third in their 4-4 draw with Manchester City in recent weeks.

Football London claims that a deal for Osimhen is unlikely to happen during the season, given the fee they would likely need to pay to acquire the player.

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The club paid a nine-figure fee to bring Enzo Fernandez to the club last January, but appear reluctant to fork out a similar sum this time around.

Ivan Toney is also on their shortlist of options, and will demand a lower fee, with the Brentford striker likely to leave the club after he returns from his current eight-month suspension for breaches of gambling rules.

However, the report states that Chelsea remain undecided about whether they will enter the market for a new striker in January, or wait until next summer.

That is partly due to the fact that Nkunku is set to return to first-team duty very soon, and the club have high hopes that he can hit the ground running in a blue shirt.

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Nkunku scored 58 goals in his final two seasons with RB Leipzig and broke into the notoriously competitive French national side before his injury, but fitness issues have plagued him over the last 12 months.

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Broja has also proved a useful option for Mauricio Pochettino after returning from a serious knee injury, and the Albanian won the penalty which clinched a draw against Man City at the weekend.

Should Chelsea opt to bring in either Osimhen or Toney though, it may lead Broja to reevaluate his future at the club, with him already playing potentially third-choice behind Jackson and the soon-returning Nkunku.

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There was a big fuss made about Chelsea’s capabilities in attack, after scoring only 13 goals in their opening 10 Premier League games of the season – seven of which came against Luton Town and Burnley.

However, they were eventually able to take advantage of Ange Postecoglou’s ultra-high-risk tactics when down to nine-men in their London derby two weeks ago, while also putting four past the champions.

While Jackson has chipped in with a fair few, new England recruit Cole Palmer has also gotten in on the act, with two goals and an assist in those two matches.

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