Former Blues midfielder, John Mikel Obi has urged Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen to join Chelsea next summer.
Osimhen is one of the most sought-after forwards in the sport after firing Napoli to the Serie A title last season with 26 goals in 32 matches.
The Nigerian has been linked with a move away from Napoli, with a host of clubs said to be interested, but Mikel wants him to make Chelsea his next destination — even offering to step in, and make sure the deal happens.
“We’re crying out for him,” Mikel said on The Obi One Podcast.
“You look at our Chelsea team, we’re not playing that great at the minute but then we lack goals, we lack a striker who can run into spaces, who can create.
“I was watching Darwin Nunez for Liverpool, he had about 11 shots and all the runs he made, he created those chances by himself because he was running in behind.
“That’s something Victor will give us at Chelsea, a striker who is really willing to run behind, obviously those passes will come through and he will get goals.
“I think we’re crying out for goals, if he comes to Chelsea I think it will suit him really well because we don’t have anyone doing that right now so there’s not going to be too much pressure on him coming into the club because obviously we need that, we’re crying out for that.
“You know, my advice is for him to come to Chelsea.”
Osimhen, while reacting to Mikel’s request, did not immediately agree he would like to join Chelsea, but suggested he was open to playing for another side in Europe after revealing he rejected an offer from Saudi Pro League club, Al-Hilal over the summer.
‘Of course,” said the 24-year-old when asked whether he would like to continue playing in Europe.
“What was said was true, I had talks, in August that week was a huge one, a huge decision for me to take, but I actually put it in God’s hands.
“But the more I said no to these people [in Saudi Arabia] the more they increased it and increased it, it was literally like, ‘wow’, seeing these things.
“I spoke with the people in charge and we spoke about it with my club and we saw what we could do, we decided, me and them and I told them, ‘I like these people, I want to stay, I don’t think I want to leave for now’. They understand where I’m coming from but they never gave up until their own transfer window [closed].
“I said to them even before we played the first game of the season, ‘it’s done’, I really didn’t want to go back thinking, of course it’s a huge one, an amazing one that’s going to change my life but of course I had to make the decision that’s good for my career too.
“As much as we play football for money there’s more that comes with it.”