Chelsea’s Transfer Pursuit: Santiago Gimenez and Assane Diao on the Radar

Chelsea is reportedly considering Santiago Gimenez, valued at £35 million, as a potential alternative to Victor Osimhen if the Napoli striker’s price tag proves too high. Despite the Blues’ continued interest in Osimhen, who has hinted at being open to exploring other opportunities, Napoli considers him indispensable and is unwilling to part ways easily, given his contract tying him to the Serie A champions until 2025. This has prompted Chelsea to explore other options, with Gimenez emerging as a top contender on their wish list.

Gimenez, currently with Feyenoord, has been in remarkable form, netting an impressive 15 goals in as many matches across various competitions. While Chelsea’s recruitment team acknowledges his potential contribution, his contract with the Dutch club extends until 2027, implying that the Blues might need to exceed £35 million, along with potential add-ons, to secure the prolific goal scorer.

Interest in Gimenez isn’t limited to Chelsea alone, as other European powerhouses, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, alongside several Serie A clubs like Juventus, AC Milan, and Inter, are also eyeing the promising striker.

Additionally, Chelsea has their sights set on Assane Diao, a versatile winger from Real Betis, who has thrived under Manuel Pellegrini. The Blues perceive Diao as an option to reinforce their right-wing position, currently held by Noni Madueke. However, Betis, currently vying for a European spot in the 2024-25 campaign, is reluctant to part ways with Diao in the upcoming January transfer window.

Chelsea’s approach in the transfer market aligns with their focus on nurturing promising talents, reflecting the club’s evolving philosophy under the ownership of Todd Boehly. Their keen interest in Gimenez and Diao signifies another step in this strategic direction.

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