Osimhen is number three in UCL goals but McManaman saysthe Eagles striker is not a £100m player

Osimhen is number three in UCL goals but McManaman saysthe  Eagles striker is not a £100m player

Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen ensured Napoli salvaged a draw in their Champions League clash with Barcelona and he now sits behind just Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe for recent home goals.

The Blaugrana took the lead in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash with the Partenopei on Wednesday, going 1-0 up after a 60th-minute goal from Robert Lewandowski. Napoli looked on track for defeat, until Osimhen had something to say about it.

The star striker scored 15 minutes later to keep things level for Napoli, giving them a strong hope of progressing to the quarterfinals ahead of their trip to Barcelona on March 12th. The match was Osimhen’s first since his Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Nigeria.

As highlighted by TMW, Osimhen has now scored six Champions League goals for Napoli at the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, the third-best home goals record over the last two seasons, behind just Haaland’s 12 and Mbappe’s nine.

Furthermore, the goal against Barcelona saw the Nigerian striker tie Lorenzo Insigne for goals scored in the Champions League with Napoli. He now sits just behind Dries Mertens, who netted 11 in Europe’s premier club competition.

But Steve McManaman says Chelsea target doesn’t look like a £100m player after watching him.

McManaman claimed that Napoli’s Osimhen looked a long way off a £100 million player based on his midweek performance in Europe against Barcelona in the Champions League.

“I think the only reason we’re focusing on him and almost criticising him is because of his value,” McManaman told TNT Sports.

“He had a wonderful season last year. There’s talk about him being a £100 million center-forward. He certainly didn’t play like that tonight. He has to somehow get back to that form to drag Napoli forward.”

It’s interesting to hear McManaman’s criticism of Napoli’s frontman amid strong rumours about Chelsea's interest this year.

Reports recently claimed that Chelsea are prepared to push hard to try to sign Napoli’s Osimhen this summer and bring him to the Premier League for the first time.

Meanwhile, The Evening Standard reports that Osimhen has a release clause worth £112 million amid interest from Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

The Chelsea target hasn’t been in the same kind of devastating form he showed in Napoli colours last season when he managed 31 goals across all competitions.

However, his clinical finishing around the penalty box is exactly what’s missing from the current Blues squad at Stamford Bridge.