RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku is set to become Graham Potter’s first signing at Chelsea as Todd Boehly looks to strengthen the club’s frontline further. The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer, but a move failed to materialise.
football.london understand that the Blues, who hold a long-term interest in Nkunku, were considering making a move for the France international in the summer, but they were put off by the German giants’ €100million (£87.6m) asking price. Late into the window, the Frenchman penned a new deal at the Red Bull Arena, which – naturally – cast doubt as to whether an exit would be on the cards.
Though, it’s understood that a €60million (£52.6m) release clause was inserted into the contract, which only becomes active in the summer, meaning Nkunku could leave for considerably less and save Chelsea £35million. And, according to The Athletic, the west Londoners have ‘committed to pay’ the aforementioned release clause to sign him in advance to avoid an inevitable transfer war.
The report states that Nkunku has signed a pre-contract agreement to arrive at Stamford Bridge in the summer after having already completed a medical. If the report is to be believed, then Potter is set to have the makings of a very strong strike force next season.
Upon signing an extension at Leipzig earlier this year, Nkunku said: “I’m pleased to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt. After our great achievement in winning the DFB-Pokal, it remained clear that my story here isn’t over yet – we want more.
“I was really impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me, so a big thanks goes to those responsible for the trust in me and especially to Oliver Mintzlaff, with whom I was always in close contact. RB Leipzig have made a name for themselves on the international stage in recent years and have shown time and again that we can compete for titles.”