Chelsea sign a deal for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku to join next summer as Graham Potter makes his first signing since taking over at Stamford Bridge… but the Blues ‘paid £10million more than his £53million release clause to strike a deal sooner”
chelsea have completed the signing of RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku, with the player officially joining the Blues in 2023.
Nkunku had been strongly linked to holding Stamford Bridge for some time, but Chelsea finally found their man after the deal was completed on Saturday.
The French star scored 20 goals and delivered 15 assists in the Bundesliga last season, but is not the only German league talent linked with Chelsea, with Borussia Dortmund starlet Youssoufa Moukoko has expressed interest.
Chelsea have agreed a £53m deal for RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku
Nkunku had a £53m release clause in his contract at Leipzig, but Fabrizio Romano has reported the Blues paid around £10m more than that to get a deal done sooner.
Nkunku’s arrival marks the first signing statement of the Graham Potter era at Chelsea, with the former Brighton boss replacing Thomas Tuchel in September.
Nkunku was one of Europe’s most wanted strikers
The Blues are in the midst of something of a crisis up front, with Armando Broja ruled out until the end of the season with a knee injury.
As a result, the club’s only centre-forward is Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with Kai Havertz able to come off as a false nine when called upon.
Nkunku, however, won’t arrive in West London until the summer of 2023, despite representing one of Europe’s finest and most sought-after attacking talents.
His 2021-22 season has drawn praise and praise, and he has already produced 12 goals and two assists in the Bundesliga in 2022-23.
At 25, the French striker represents a talent that can lead the line for Chelsea for a number of years to come, but also one that will only increase in value if the club decides to sell him in the years to come.
And Nkunku isn’t the only one making the trip from East Germany to West London, along with former RB Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell. close to being appointed to the same post at Stamford Bridge.
Todd Boehly was quick to sign one of Europe’s top young strikers for £53million
Chelsea have also been linked with another striker, in the form of David Datro Fofana of Norwegian club FK Molde.
The Ivory Coast striker could be on the move in the January transfer window for just £8.6m and has already revealed Chelsea will be his dream destination.
Adding the 19-year-old – who has already scored 21 goals in 2022 – to an attacking line-up that will include Nkunku next season could see the Blues become one of the most potent young attacking units in the Premier League.
Fofana revealed Chelsea would be his ‘dream club’ in a video from just six months ago
David Datro Fofana (pictured) is set to join Chelsea from Norwegian side Molde