Chelsea are hard at work to take the lead in Christopher Nkunku’s lineup, working on a transfer fee calculation with RB Leipzig. according to BILD. Maybe they even give him a physical beforehand. There are conflicting reports as to whether it is medical tests last month had something to do with the move to Chelsea, but CBS Sports’ Fabrizio Romano reports that the August medical was for Chelsea, while other media in France claim it was unrelated. In the summer, the French striker signed a new €60m deal with RB Leipzig, a sign that the German club is preparing for his possible departure. Nkunku is an attacking threat who can play in multiple positions and has scored 54 goals and provided 48 more assists in three seasons in Germany.
RB Leipzig have already added Chelsea’s Timo Werner and their attack will get a new boost with the arrival of RB Salzburg’s Benjamin Cesko. The 19-year-old striker won’t join until June 2023, but his arrival sets the stage for RB Leipzig to move Nkunka and replace their dear young star with a valuable young prospect from his club family. Nkuku attracted PSG’s interest in the summer, but after he agreed a new contract with RB Leipzig, it robbed him of his chances of a move before the start of the current season.
Under new owner Todd Boly, Chelsea have been extremely active in the transfer market and now that Graham Potter has faded into the background following the replacement of Thomas Tuchel, the Blues are trying to find the best way to build their squad. Nkunku would give him more offensive power. Potter has experience with players who can play in different front row positions, as he used Leandro Trossar in this way at Brighton. a player of a much higher caliber than Trossard. So while there is no formal agreement with Nkunku and Chelsea or any other club, this agreement makes sense for both parties.
The current line-up of Chelsea strikers over the last season and a half also left a lot to be desired, despite their big names. Romelu Lukaku was loaned back to Inter Milan last summer, a year after Chelsea signed him and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was brought in on the final day to expand their options. But a group that includes established players like Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic who don’t shoot and newcomer Raheem Sterling seems to be the only striker to have at least a decent season ended up adding another option that would help. to push the players who are currently at Stamford Bridge, giving Potter a better job.
The Nkunku release clause will not come into effect until summer 2023, so if Chelsea or any other club wants to add him sooner, they will need to negotiate a different fee structure with RB Leipzig. The German side is having a disappointing start to the season itself, and with coach Domenico Tedesco already replaced by Marco Rose, Nkunku is likely to want to leave in January if he doesn’t look like he’s in contention for trophies. But nonetheless, it looks like everything is set to go by the summer of 2023, and if and when that happens, Chelsea will aim to be his preferred destination.