Chelsea among clubs in race to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig
According to L’Equipe (h/t Mirror), Chelsea are in a race with Barcelona, Manchester United and Barcelona to sign young French striker Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig for almost £100million.
The former PSG youth star has set the Bundesliga on fire this season with impressive performances for German side RB Leipzig. A versatile striker who can play as a striker, false-9, attacking midfielder and even on the wings. The 24-year-old is undoubtedly one of City’s hottest prospects with clubs across Europe vying for his signature.
The talented striker has scored 34 goals and provided 20 more assists in just 54 games for Leipzig this season. These kind of numbers are not normal and Nkunku is truly a special talent. Despite numbers from another world, we don’t seem to talk enough about the Frenchman, but that may not be the case any longer.
Despite having a contract until 2024 and the club openly admitting they have no intention of selling Nkunku, it might not be long before the 24-year-old star makes his big move.
The Frenchman is said to be open to a departure from the German club and if that is indeed the case, there is no doubt that several clubs will be lining up to sign Nkunku. He won’t come cheap though, with Leipzig set to demand close to £100m to sell their prized asset.
Worth the price?
Chelsea are entering an era under new ownership and the signings they will make will go a long way in establishing trust amongst the Blues fan base.
Nkunku, priced right, might just be the signature statement the new owners are looking to make. However, it is feared that he will be a one-season wonder after all and there is no guarantee that he would continue in the same vein next season.
The Blues will want to be extremely careful and not repeat the same mistake they made with Timo Werner who was also signed from Leipzig after an extraordinary season for the Bundesliga club. So they might want to be a little more vigilant with Nkunku.
Going by the current season’s stats, signing the French striker must be a no-brainer, as players with such high scoring and creative quality don’t show up often. Thomas Tuchel will know how to get the most out of the player for having already seen him during his time at PSG.
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It won’t be easy for Chelsea though, especially with so many other giants in the running. If the Blues manage to pull it off, however, this could prove to be a very good signing for the club.