Christopher Nkunku on the cusp of completing his €60m move to Chelsea

Christopher Nkunku
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Christopher Nkunku is set to become the latest arrival as new owner Todd Boehly continues an expensive overhaul of the Chelsea (opens in new tab) squad.

According to Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab), the RB Leipzig (opens in new tab) striker is on the verge of completing a €60million move to Stamford Bridge after personal terms were agreed.

With the medical already complete, all that remains is for the necessary paperwork to be signed and submitted so that Nkunku can become a Chelsea player from next summer.

He will bring dynamism and undoubted quality to the Blues' occasionally blunt attack, which has drawn a blank six times already this season.

Nkunku progressed through the Paris Saint-Germain (opens in new tab) academy to make his debut for the first team against Shakhtar Donetsk (opens in new tab) in the Champions League in December 2015.

He went on to make 78 appearances for the club in all competitions, scoring 11 goals, but was sold by Thomas Tuchel in the summer of 2019.

With a wealth of attacking options to call on, including Kylian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani, Neymar, Angel Di Maria and Mauro Icardi, he let Nkunku join Leipzig for just €15million.

The move to Germany would prove the making of him. He flourished with regular football and greater responsibility.

After a couple of years under the guidance of Julian Nagelsmann, Nkunku’s third season was by far his most effective in senior football as he scored 35 goals in 52 games.

Despite the disruption of Jesse Marsch being sacked midway through the season, his replacement, Domenico Tedesco, led Leipzig to success in the DFB-Pokal, the first major trophy in the club’s history.

Nkunku’s fine form has continued so far this season, with 17 goals to his name already.

He was set to feature at the World Cup, having been named in Didier Deschamps’ France squad, but was forced to miss out following a knee injury.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.