As Nicolas Jackson’s woes persist, Chelsea has a three-man, £172 million striker wishlist.

As Nicolas Jackson’s woes persist, Chelsea has a three-man, £172 million striker wishlist.

Reportedly, Chelsea has placed Napoli star Victor Osimhen on their shortlist of three strikers as the club prepares for another spending frenzy. The Blues signed Nicolas Jackson from Villarreal in the summer, but the Senegalese forward has struggled to establish himself in the Premier League.

So far this season, Mauricio Pochettino’s side has underperformed, with the squad still lacking cohesion and appearing unsettled tactically. The former Tottenham manager will be eager to resolve team issues as soon as possible, though he may resort to the January transfer window if the issues persist.

Jackson has reportedly failed to demonstrate that he is the long-term No. 9 at Stamford Bridge. As a result, Chelsea is reportedly already planning to enhance their forward ranks when the next opportunity arises. This season, the 22-year-old has scored one goal in five league appearances, but he has been wasteful in front of goal and will be regretful not to have added more goals to his tally.

According to GiveMeSport, as a consequence, Chelsea has identified Osimhen, Ivan Toney, and Ollie Watkins as three potential options for the future and is monitoring each player’s situation in case an opening presents itself in January.

This season in Serie A, Osimhen has scored three goals in four appearances despite his team only winning two of those matches. The Nigeria international is still extremely valuable to the Serie A club, and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis previously indicated that a bid in the region of £172 million (€200 million) would be required to test their resolve when PSG were interested.

Despite Watkins’ goalless start to the 2023/24 season, Aston Villa is not in a haste to offload him. The club views the England international’s ability to operate on the wing as a very valuable asset, as he is a crucial part of Unai Emery’s system.

Chelsea will reportedly only pursue Watkins if Aston Villa are unable to sign him to a new long-term contract with the club. On the three-man shortlist, Brentford’s Toney is the most accessible player, and he will return from suspension before the January transfer window closes.

The Bees are anticipating that the 27-year-old will remain with them until the end of the season, but if a substantial offer is made – potentially worth more than £80 million – they may change their minds.

As Nicolas Jackson’s woes persist, Chelsea has a three-man, £172 million striker wishlist.

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