Napoli Not in Talks with Chelsea, Mull More Strikers

Napoli were quickly linked to Romelu Lukaku once Antonio Conte became the frontrunner to be their coach, as Chelsea could be interested in Victor Osimhen. However, there’s nothing in the works regarding such a blockbuster deal at this stage. The Blues, who will appoint Enzo Maresca, have different ideas for their attack, Fabrizio Romano reports (via SOSFanta).

The Belgian marksman would cost roughly €40M if he didn’t transfer in a trade. According to Corriere dello Sport, the Partenopei are assessing multiple center-forwards. At this stage, they haven’t received worthy offers for their star.

The latest to fall on their radar is Celta VigoVigo’sge Strand Larsen. He has bagged 13 goals and provided 3 assists in 39 matches this season. He has 13 caps with Norway. His team acquired him from Groningen for €12.4M two years ago.

Napoli have also set sights on Sporting CP, Portuguese publication A Bola relays (via OneFootball). They are among the many teams tracking Viktor Gyokeres. He’s likely headed to the Premier League given his monster valuation. Instead, the Italian team could have better chances of signing Pedro Gonçalves, who can feature in several roles in the midfield and up front. He has notched 38 goals and 32 assists in the past two seasons combined.

Our Take on Napoli

They could still acquire Lukaku on their own, but it would be odd given their usual MO. Still, everything may change with Conte at the helm. The plan will concretely get in motion once Osimhen leaves, and there’s not a lot of traction about that for now.

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