Chelsea expected to keep a close eye on exceptional Norwegian talent

Chelsea target Antonio Nusa (Photo by Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)
Chelsea target Antonio Nusa (Photo by Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images) /

Despite seemingly buying and selling half of Europe these past few transfer windows, Chelsea are expected to be active again in the January transfer window. Injuries to Carney Chukwuemeka and Christopher Nkunku have quickly seen the players available in attacking positions deteriorate. However, the Blues did Manchester City’s Cole Palmer late in the transfer window, who is expected to play meaningful minutes under Mauricio Pochettino. One name that the club could circle back on in the winter is Club Brugge’s wonderkid, Antonio Nusa.

Chelsea expected to monitor Antonio Nusa at Club Brugge this season

Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Chelsea will “keep monitoring” Club Brugge’s Antonio Nusa. The 2005-born winger was subject to a bid from Chelsea worth around £25.7m on the final day of the summer transfer window. The bid was rejected, but Chelsea are expected to keep a close eye on the player as he develops in Belgium.

Nusa is expected to be a significant player in the near future for the Norweigan national team. Born and raised in Norway, Nusa is of Nigerian descent. The young forward made his senior debut for Norway on September 7th, scoring the opener against Jordan in a friendly. Norway has Euros qualifying matches on the menu for the following few international windows, which will likely see Nusa completely cap-tied to the national team soon enough.

Nusa joined Club Brugge’s youth setup in the summer of 2021 from Stabaek and made senior appearances for the Belgian side that season. The following season against Porto, Antonio Nusa became the second youngest goalscorer in the modern edition of the Champions League, behind just Ansu Fati. While it is unlikely for the player to become an immediate difference-maker, should he make his way to Stamford Bridge, a potential signing would continue the theme under Todd Boehly of signing youth players for their long-term project. For Chelsea fans, it will surely be an interesting development to watch and see how Nusa fairs the first half of the Belgian Pro League season.