Chelsea are closing in on the capture of the RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku in a €70 million deal.
According to a report from Fichajes, Chelsea are set to pay €70 million to sign French international attacker Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.
The 22-year-old attacker has been one of the most in-form players in Europe over the past year, and he has been in sensational form for the German club this season. Nkunku has 17 goals across all competitions this season, and he is unfortunate to miss out on the 2022 FIFA World Cup because of a serious ankle injury.
The report claims that Chelsea have already conducted medical examinations for the player, and the only thing missing for the transfer to be finalised is the signature of the two parties. The Blues are expected to complete the signing soon in a €70 million deal.
Chelsea are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements, and the Frenchman should prove to be an exceptional long-time acquisition. They had already reached a pre-contract agreement to sign the in-form attacker.
Christopher Nkunku update. Although Leipzig call a move to Chelsea a "transfer rumour", am told there is now a broad club-to-club agreement in place for summer 2023 worth around €70m. pic.twitter.com/3h9ase5zxO
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) November 21, 2022
The 22-year-old is already operating at a very high level, and he is likely to improve further with experience and coaching. Graham Potter did well to nurture talented young players at Brighton & Hove Albion, and he could do the same with Nkunku at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona in the summer transfer window. But the former Arsenal striker has not been at his best this season. The only other striker at Potter’s disposal is Armando Broja. The youngster has not been able to hold on to a regular starting berth at the London club.
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku is out on loan at Inter Milan, and he is unlikely to return to Stamford Bridge next season. That leaves Chelsea with Kai Havertz as the only other player who can lead the line, but the German is not a prolific goalscorer.
Signing a proven goalscorer is a top priority for the Blues, and the arrival of Nkunku could solve their attacking problems next season. New owner Todd Boehly brought in a number of talented players during the summer transfer window. He is expected to spend heavily over the next two windows as well.
The Blues will hope to challenge for the Premier League title and the UEFA Champions League in the coming seasons. And Chelsea need players like Nkunku in order to compete with clubs like Manchester City.