Arsenal are the latest club to show an interest in Christopher Nkunku, who continues to be one of RB Leipzig’s important stars this season.
According to Calciomercato, Arsenal are interested in Christopher Nkunku, possibly over a move next summer, as RB Leipzig will not allow him to leave in January. The 23-year-old attacking midfielder has been on the rise this season, attracting interest from other big clubs outside Bundesliga.
Christopher Nkunku was always tipped to become a top player since his days at PSG. Against all the odds, he signed up with RB Leipzig, even when there was significant interest from English, Spanish and French clubs. In the Bundesliga, he has established himself as one of the rated performers.
After a terrific debut season with Leipzig, where he was one of their best players, Nkunku was able to provide 15-assists in the Bundesliga alone. However, this season, the Frenchman has taken his game to new heights, becoming a goal machine, having already scored 9-goals in all competitions.
In the Champions League, he has scored four out of Leipzig’s total of six strikes in the competition. His displays are attracting plenty of attention from clubs across Europe. Manchester City have been reported to be keeping tabs on his development this season, alongside many other bigwigs.
Leipzig signed Nkunku from PSG for a fee of close to £11 million in 2019. The Bundesliga club’s business model suggests they might want to make a handsome profit off the 23-year-old midfielder if a reasonable offer comes along.
Arsenal are the latest to join the queue of teams vying for his signature. Mikel Arteta is seeking more attacking reinforcements in the summer, especially an attacking midfielder with prolific goalscoring numbers. The Arsenal manager lacks a player of Nkunku’s quality and could be keen if the price is right.
The Gunners have been interested in the Frenchman since his time at PSG. Former manager Unai Emery had earmarked the midfielder for a role at the Emirates, although a move never materialised. It is understood that Arsenal were very keen until the very moment he signed up for Leipzig.
Arteta might reignite his chase of Nkunku, although they might have to pay a premium price for one of Europe’s most in-form players. Positionally, Nkunku has played most of his football in a central midfield role while being fully capable of playing further ahead or on the wings.
Arsenal might want him to give Arteta a goalscoring midfielder from the centre, something the club lacks at the moment. Martin Odegaard has recently played alongside Thomas Partey in a midfield pivot, although the former Real Madrid star is well suited for a no.10 role.
As for Nkunku, there might be even bigger clubs in the equation when the time comes for a transfer. Like in the past, the 23-year-old may choose to snub Arsenal again, preferring to play for a side in the Champions League, either in England or somewhere else in Europe and it remains to be seen what the future holds for him.