German Bundesliga RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku has reportedly agreed to a long-term contract with Chelsea until the summer of 2028.
The France international was believed to have been wanted by several top European clubs after registering a staggering 35 goals and 20 assists in 52 games for Die Roten Bullen in the 2021-22 season.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United were all tipped to do battle for Nkunku’s signature, but the 25-year-old committed his future to Leipzig with a new contract until the summer of 2026.
Nkunku has kept up his strong goalscoring form in the 2022-23 campaign, hitting 17 goals and four assists in 23 outings, and it was reported earlier in the autumn that he had already undergone a medical with Chelsea ahead of a move in 2023.
Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are among the teams supposedly aiming to hijack a move for the Frenchman, but Chelsea are said to be confident of getting a deal over the line.
Christopher Nkunku ‘agrees Chelsea contract until 2028’
According to journalist Nicolo Schira, Nkunku’s move to Stamford Bridge is a “done deal”, and the former Paris Saint-Germain starlet will complete his switch to the Premier League in July.
Schira adds that Nkunku’s contract with Graham Potter’s side will run until the end of the 2027-28 season, and Leipzig will receive a fee of €70m (£60m).
Nkunku was called up to the France squad for the 2022 World Cup, but he sustained a serious knee injury in training before Les Bleus flew out to Qatar and was subsequently ruled out of the tournament.
The 20-year-old has impressed for the Chequered Ones at the 2022 World Cup and recently added fuel to the fire surrounding his future by refusing to rule out a future move to Stamford Bridge.
“About me and Chelsea? I don’t know. You know what happened in the last few months. To be honest, I have no idea,” Gvardiol told The Athletic.
“My agent is taking care of this and we will see. Right now, I’m happy in Leipzig. I don’t know, we will see – you never know. You know the stories and these things, but all I can say is that I’m happy in Leipzig and right now I’m going to stay there and perform for them.
“It’s a big club of course and, who knows, maybe one day I will be there. It’s really nice to see things like this, especially because there is [Mateo] Kovacic, so you never know. I talk with him.”
However, Gvardiol has also talked up the prospect of a switch to Real Madrid, while Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring his progress.