Napoli targeting Victor Osimhen successors amid Chelsea interest

  • Chelsea to test Napoli's resolve for Victor Osimhen in January transfer window
  • Italian champions looking at striker targets
  • Jonathan David, Lois Openda and Victor Boniface among those being monitored

Osimhen could leave Napoli
Osimhen could leave Napoli / Jonathan Moscrop/Getty Images

Napoli are scouring Europe for possible replacements for Victor Osimhen with the striker's future at the club increasingly uncertain, sources have confirmed to 90min.

90min reported on Monday that Chelsea are ready to make an offer for Osimhen during the January transfer window as contract talks with Napoli have not progressed since the summer. His current deal is up in the summer of 2025.

Napoli would command a fee which would exceed Chelsea's club-record £115m outlay on Moises Caicedo, and 90min understands they are already looking at alternative options to Osimhen in the event that he departs the club.

The Italian champions are monitoring the development of two of Osimhen's Nigerian compatriots - Bayer Leverkusen's Victor Boniface and Montpellier's Akor Adams.

Victor Boniface
Boniface is shining at Leverkusen / Lars Baron/GettyImages

Boniface has taken Germany by storm since joining Leverkusen from Belgian side Union Saint-Gilloise, scoring 11 goals and laying on six assists in 17 games so far this season. The 22-year-old made his Nigeria debut in September.

Adams, meanwhile, has grabbed seven goals in 12 matches for Montpellier this term following his own summer transfer from Norwegian outfit Lillestrom. He is yet to break into a competitive Nigeria fold but has been tipped for a call-up in the near future.

Other targets on Napoli's radar include Canada international Jonathan David, who has not lived up to his prolific standards as of yet this season, finding the net only five times in 19 Lille games, adding two assists.

Belgium striker Lois Openda is also being watched over by Napoli. The 23-year-old left Lens for RB Leipzig prior to the start of the 2023/24 season and has lived up to expectations so far with 13 goals and three assists in 20 matches for Die Roten Bullen. Openda notably grabbed a first-half brace in Leipzig's 3-2 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.