Chelsea report: Blues leading race to sign Bundesliga striker who is 'happy' with offer

Close-up of Chelsea head coach Graham Potter ahead of Crystal Palace 1-2 Chelsea in the Premier League on 1 October, 2022 at Selhurst Park, London, United Kingdom
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RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku is reportedly 'happy' with a transfer proposal from Chelsea, who are said to be favourites to sign him next summer.

The Blues made two big attacking additions during the last transfer window in Raheem Sterling and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but Nkunku was also linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.

And the two-time European champions appear to have stepped up their pursuit of the France international, who is said to have undergone a private medical in Germany.

Close-up of RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku has scored eight goals in all competitions so far this season (Image credit: Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano – writing in his Daily Briefing for Caught Offside on Sunday – Chelsea have tabled an offer which meets Nkunku's satisfaction.

The 24-year-old – who joined Leipzig from hometown club PSG three years ago – is currently valued at £72m by Transfermarkt.

Nkunku scored 35 goals in all competitions last season as Leipzig finished fourth in the Bundesliga and won the DFB-Pokal (German cup) – where he equalised in the final – for the very first time.

He ended a five-match goal drought on Saturday as Leipzig thumped Bochum 4-0 (Timo Werner, who left Chelsea to rejoin the Red Bulls last month, got the other two goals).

France striker Christopher Nkunku

Nkunku will be hoping to keep his spot in Didier Deschamps' France squad for the World Cup, which starts next month (Image credit: Ulrik Pedersen/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

During the last international break before the World Cup, Nkunku won his seventh and eighth caps for France, coming off the bench as Les Bleus beat Austria then lost to Denmark in the Nations League.

Despite showing great goalscoring prowess at club level, however, he's yet to find the net for his country.

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Conor Gallagher's 90th-minute winner at Crystal Palace on Saturday secured Graham Potter's first win as Chelsea boss – but Thiago Silva was fortunate not to see red for a handball.

Potter has reportedly given his approval for Chelsea to sign Declan Rice, who has been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge for some time. Inter Milan centre-back Milan Skriniar is also said to be a target for the Blues.

Meanwhile, Potter has scoffed at the idea of becoming a "sexy" manager after swapping Brighton for Chelsea, insisting that he has to be himself.

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