Transfer: Osimhen too expensive – Chelsea tell Napoli amid Lukaku talks

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Chelsea maintain Victor Osimhen is too expensive, even after Napoli reduced their asking price.

The Serie A club are willing to let Osimhen leave this summer.

The Super Eagle striker has a €130m (£110.8m) clause in his current contract.

Although Osimhen has been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain, none of them have indicated readiness to meet Napoli’s demand.

That has left the Italian club in a predicament, as they are relying on Osimhen’s transfer fee to fund their summer spending, which includes a deal for Romelu Lukaku.

Napoli have opened talks with Chelsea over a deal for Lukaku, but the Premier League club are holding out for a team to meet the Belgium international’s £38m release clause.

According to Corriere dello Sport, Lukaku wants to be reunited with Conte at Napoli and Chelsea would now be prepared to accept a lower fee for the 31-year-old in the region of €25m (£21.1m) in order for the deal to go through.

The report claims that during their discussions, Napoli made it known they could reduce their valuation of Osimhen to €100m (£84.6m).

However, that figure is still regarded as too high by Chelsea, who had agreed a £42m fee with Aston Villa for their Colombian striker Jhon Duran last month.

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