According to reports, there are strong indications that Osimhen, the Nigerian forward representing Napoli, is nearing a deal to extend his contract with the club. The purpose of this extension is to ward off interest from Premier League teams, with Arsenal and Chelsea being particularly interested. Osimhen has been performing exceptionally well, netting seven goals in Serie A this season and leading Napoli to their first league championship since the era of Diego Maradona. Negotiations for a new agreement, which would incorporate a release clause worth £112 million, have been ongoing for several months.
Meanwhile, Chelsea is actively considering the possibility of making two signings from Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese club has been approached by the Blues regarding a potential agreement for defender Ousmane Diomande. Nevertheless, Sporting is insisting on the complete activation of the £69 million buyout clause for the Ivorian. Chelsea has also expressed interest in acquiring Sporting’s forward Viktor Gyokeres, but the club is hesitant to sell and has established an £87 million release clause.
In other updates, Manchester United plans to sell a couple of players during the January transfer period. Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek, who have faced difficulties in securing playing time this season, may be departing from the team. Manager Erik ten Hag is satisfied with the players he currently has and is optimistic that the team will be strengthened with the return of injured players. United’s main priority will be to offload surplus players rather than bringing in new signings.
There is a possibility that former Manchester United defender Eric Bailly might transfer back to his previous club Villarreal. Bailly has been excluded from the squad at Besiktas and is willing to leave the Turkish club. He was one of five players to be removed from the team after a loss against Fenerbahce. Even though Bailly has only recently joined Besiktas in September, he is willing to explore other options for a fresh start.
In general, the upcoming January transfer window holds the prospect of being captivating for English clubs, as there could be significant transfers involving large sums of money and players leaving their respective clubs.