Arsenal and Chelsea suffer DOUBLE setback in search for new striker: report

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 21: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Chelsea, embraces Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal prior to the the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Arsenal FC at Stamford Bridge on October 21, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
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Arsenal and Chelsea look set to miss out on centre-forward targets Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney, potentially taking them back to the drawing board in their respective striker pursuits.

The two London clubs are expected to be in the market for a new centre-forward in January, with Napoli's Osimhen and Brentford's Toney the names most strongly linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge.

But both players now look set to stay with their current clubs beyond the upcoming transfer window.

NAPLES, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 27: Victor Osimhen of SSC Napoli before the Serie A TIM match between SSC Napoli and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on September 27, 2023 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Ivan Romano/Getty Images)

Victor Osimhen fired Napoli to the Serie A title with 26 goals last season, finishing as top scorer in the Italian top flight (Image credit: Getty Images)

Osimhen appears poised to pen a new deal at Napoli, with club president Aurelio De Laurentiis saying: "With Osimhen, we are about to sign the contract that was pending this summer."

Transfermarkt currently values the 24-year-old Nigerian international – who has scored 37 goals in 51 games since the start of last season – at €120m (£103m), but the Serie A giants are bound to demand more for their star man, especially if he does extend his stay in Naples, which may effectively price would-be buyers out of a transfer.

As for Toney, 27, the England international will be clear to play again from 17 January  – having been banned from football since May after admitting to 232 breaches of FA betting regulations.

And Brentford boss Thomas Frank doesn't seem to think his 20-goal striker from last term – who has a £100m price tag – is going anywhere. He told The Standard: "I don't want to lose him. I hope, and think, he'll be a Brentford player on 1 February [the January transfer window closes at 11pm that day]".

Brentford's English striker #17 Ivan Toney reacts as he attends the English League Cup third round football match between Brentford and Arsenal at the Brentford Community Stadium in London on September 27, 2023. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Ivan Toney joined Brentford from League One Peterborough United in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

While Arsenal are sitting pretty atop the Premier League table and Chelsea have shown signs of improvement under Mauricio Pochettino in recent weeks, neither club have had a player find the net 20 times in a league campaign since 2019/20.

Then, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang notched 22 goals for Arsenal for the second successive season – having shared the Golden Boot with Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Sadio Mane in 2018/19.

No Chelsea player has reached the 20-goal mark since Diego Costa back in 2016/17.

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