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Mikel Obi acting as agent for Osimhen to join Chelsea

Mikel Obi acting as agent for Osimhen to join Chelsea

Former Nigeria’s captain, John Obi Mikel, has said that he was trying to get Napoli FC striker, Victor Osimhen, to join Chelsea.

The former Chelsea star claimed he was doing everything he can to push Osimhen towards Stamford Bridge, and said that the Napoli striker wanted to make the move, even though reports suggest he would cost as much as €130 million (£110m/$140m).

However, he admitted that there was plenty of rival interest from Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.

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“I think there’s genuine interest between both (Chelsea and Osimhen). I think he loves the club, he wants to come to the club, obviously he wants to follow in my footsteps as a Nigerian player who has played for Chelsea, like Victor Moses, Celestine Babayaro, there’s not a lot of us. London as well, a fantastic city, instead of going to Liverpool or places like that, you want to live in London. But he also has a lot of interest, like PSG, Man United, but I’m still pushing, sending him messages, trying to make sure he doesn’t expect too much, just narrow your mind on one club: The Blues,” Mikel said at the Web Summit Qatar.

Asked if he was acting as “agent Mikel”, he replied: “I am. I am pushing him. I hope he comes to the club, because he will bring so much to the club. I think the one thing we lack, anybody who watched the [Carabao Cup] final on Sunday will see the one thing we are lacking is scoring goals. We need that striker who will score goals. That’s what Victor will give you. He’s not the most skilful guy but goals, definitely a guarantee.”

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Osimhen has scored 11 goals in 15 Serie A games this season and has a proven track record of hitting the back of the net in 122 appearances for Napoli, he has scored 72 goals for the club. Chelsea have seen their striker struggle to find the net with regularity this season, with only two players in double figures for the campaign: Cole Palmer and Nicolas Jackson.

Background info about Osimhen

Victor Osimhen is a professional soccer player who was born on December 29, 1998, in Lagos, Nigeria. He primarily plays as a striker and is known for his impressive speed, strength, and goal-scoring ability.

Club Career

Osimhen began his professional career with Wolfsburg in the German Bundesliga in 2017, but he struggled to break into the first team and spent most of his time with the club’s reserve squad. In 2018, he was loaned to Charleroi in Belgium, where he scored 20 goals in 36 appearances during the 2019-20 season. His impressive performance caught the attention of Napoli, who signed him in the summer of 2020 for a reported fee of €70 million, making him one of the most expensive African players in history.

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International Career

Osimhen has also represented Nigeria at various youth levels and made his senior debut for the Super Eagles in 2017. He has since gone on to score 10 goals in 17 appearances for his country and was a key member of the team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019.

Personal Life

Osimhen is known for his humility and strong faith, and he has credited his parents for instilling those values in him. He is also an active philanthropist and has been involved in various charity projects in Nigeria.

Awards and Achievements

Throughout his career, Osimhen has received numerous awards and accolades. In 2015, he won the FIFA U-17 World Cup Golden Boot after scoring 10 goals in the tournament. He was also named CAF Youth Player of the Year in 2015 and CAF African Player of the Year- promise in 2017. In addition to his team’s success with Nigeria, Osimhen has also been named to the Serie A Team of the Year for his performances with Napoli.

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