Gonçalo Ramos stats have attracted attention from many European teams, particularly after his display against Club Brugge in the UEFA Champions League.
As a result, many top teams are currently keeping tabs on the 21-year-old Portuguese striker, wanting to get his signature next campaign.
Chelsea are one of the European teams showing firm interest in the central midfielder, along with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen.
Even though Kai Havertz is currently doing fine under Graham Potter, the West London club still wants to balance their attack.
Obviously, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is expected to leave Stamford Bridge next summer’s transfer window.
And David Datro Fofana is most likely to leave on loan, because he’s still a young player, with a lot of potential.
Therefore, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali have many strikers on their radar ahead of next season. However, Ramos and Osimhen top the list.
Chelsea target strikers for summer transfer
- Victor Osimhen
- Ivan Toney
- Dusan Vlahović
- Gonçalo Ramos
- Jonathan Davies
- Kolo Muani
Reportedly, the West London club are monitoring the situations of the above named central-forward ahead of 2023-2024.
According to several reports, the likes of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, and Real Madrid are also interested in these players.
Gonçalo Ramos has a release clause of €120 million on his contract with Benfica. Therefore, getting his signature won’t be easy in the summer.
Chelsea recently had a nice time dealing with Rui Costa, talking about how they managed to bring Enzo Fernández to Stamford Bridge.
As a result, they are most likely to go through Rui Costa again, if they really want to sign the 21-year-old Portuguese striker.
Erik ten Hag of Manchester United wants to have a classic No.9 next season. So, there’s going to be competition between the two teams.
Players Chelsea signed from Benfica till date
- Tiago Cardoso Mendes – €15 in 2004
- Ramirez – €22m in 2010
- David Luiz – €25 in 2011
- Nemanja Matic – €25m in 2014
- Enzo Fernández – £106.8m in 2023
Apparently, the Blues always have a nice time signing players from the Portuguese side. So, Ramos may arrive at Stamford Bridge.
Gonçalo Ramos stats in 2022-2023 so far
32 goal contributions
A goal every 77 minutes
6 goal contributions
A goal every 29 minutes
The Portuguese central forward became the youngest Benfica player to both score and assist in a single UCL game.
The 21-year-old striker is currently dining with the big boys in Europe’s top-5 leagues, having scored 23 goals.
Roger Schmidt on Ramos:
“I love Gonçalo, not just for his goals. His attitude is excellent, he scored goals but really helps with hard, defensive work and knows how to play with the team.”
Speaking of Victor Osimhen, the Nigerian No.9 desires playing in the Premier League, and the Blues are heavily interested in him.
Aside from Chelsea, he’s a summer target for Arsenal and Manchester United, wanting to get his signature.
Reportedly, the Blues’ interest in Victor Osimhen is growing. And he’s most likely to become their statement signing.
Graham Potter also likes the central forward. Because he ticks all boxes as a modern striker the manager wants.
He wants someone who will press with intensity, a high level of pace, and acceleration. With a link-up play and being able to score penalties.
According to Jacob Steinberg, Graham Potter desires to have Victor Osimhen alongside Christopher Nkunku next campaign.
However, Napoli are expected to splash more than €100 million on him next campaign. Because they would want to do everything to keep him at the club.
The 24-year-old Nigerian striker perfectly fits the manager’s style of play at Chelsea, with his finishing prowess.
The Naples baller recently overtook Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. He scored 100 goals in 197 games.
The former Barcelona captain played 210 matches before scoring 100 goals. And the Portuguese magnifico with 301 appearances.
On Wednesday, Osimhen scored a brace against Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 fixtures.
As a result, he became the first Napoli player to score in both legs of the knockout stage of the competition.
Also, Victor is now the first Nigerian to score twice in a UCL knock-out tie, tearing down Europe’s top-5 leagues.
Victor Osimhen stats for Napoli in 2022-2023
19 goals in Serie A
4 goals in UCL
In all fairness, both strikers have the ability to establish themselves at Chelsea. Particularly in the Premier League.
Why Chelsea may not sign Ivan Toney?
The Englishman is more like Romelu Lukaku, who only scores goals as a result of direct passes.
Of course, Graham Potter’s side doesn’t play a high volume of direct passes, which is why the Belgian flopped under Thomas Tuchel.
Ivan Toney is a classic No.9, he’s not really dynamic. The striker isn’t like Kai Havertz, who gets more involved in the game.
The Blues are obviously a possession-based team. Therefore, they want a central forward with flawless movement.
Unfortunately, Toney doesn’t have that. He usually leans toward attacking from the left, waiting for the ball to arrive.
Ivan Toney stats in the Premier League in 2022-2023
19 goal contributions
Only Harry Kane and Erling Haaland have scored more goals than him this campaign. Of course, he’s an elite striker.
Nevertheless, he’s not really the type of central forward Graham Potter desires. On the other hand, they may get him as an alternative.
Is Ivan Toney better than Victor Osimhen?
Potential-wise, the 24-year-old Nigerian is literally above many strikers in Europe’s top-5 leagues.
Speaking of the kind of central forward Chelsea wants to bolster their attack. Toney isn’t better than Osimhen.
Statistically, Victor’s goal conversion rate in the league is 21%, and his passing accuracy is 72%.
While Ivan’s goal conversion is 23% with passing accuracy of 60%. Apparently, the difference is clear.
Osimhen has improved a lot this season. He keeps making waves in Europe’s top-5 leagues, and he’s younger.
Toney attacks or operates solely from the left-wing. However, Victor can maneuver from both flanks, with more proactive movement.
Gonçalo Ramos stats vs Victor Osimhen in 2022-2023
Gonçalo Ramos – Liga Portugal
16 goal contributions
0.8 goals p90
1.6 shots on target
18 chances missed
0.7 key passes p90
3 chances created
27.6 touches per game
52% successful dribbles (0.6)
75% pass accuracy (10.8)
48% total duels won (4.7)
Victor Osimhen – Serie A
23 goal contributions
0.9 goals p90
1.6 shots on target
18 chances missed
1.0 key passes p90
2 chances created
27.8 touches per game
40% successful dribbles (0.9)
72% pass accuracy (8.0)
41% total duels won (4.2)
What’s the difference between Gonçalo Ramos and Victor Osimhen?
The actual difference between the two strikers is that, the Nigerian is very offensive. But Gonçalo Ramos stats state that he’s both offensive and defensive.
Both Osimhen and Ramos are box-to-box strikers, instinctive finishers with elite box movements and positioning.
The 21-year-old Portuguese striker adds defensive contributions to his strengths. He doesn’t rely on receiving the ball from his teammates.
Gonçalo Ramos prefers to drop deep into the midfield, link-up play with his teammates, and start the counter-attack from the midfield.
On the contrary, Victor Osimhen loves to stay inside the opponent’s box, terrorizing the defenders with his physical strength.
Having seen Graham Potter’s style of play at Chelsea in the 3-at-the-back formation. The two central forwards fit the manager’s style.
Another difference to consider is, the Portuguese youngster is a deep-lying forward. He can comfortably play as a forward and supporting striker.
However, the Nigerian international is a complete forward, give him the ball, and he will score. Always aggressive and dangerous inside the box.
Gonçalo Ramos strengths:
- Off the ball movement
Victor Osimhen’s strengths:
- Physical strength
- Instinct finisher
- Ball movement
The Naples central forward has the ability to sniff goals out of nowhere, as evidenced by his all-around displays in Serie A.
With Enzo Fernandez, who plays in channel runs and through balls. Both Ramos and Osimhen can succeed at Chelsea.
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