The deal was pretty much set up at the start of last season, and all but confirmed by RB Leipzig manager Marco Rose some time ago.
But today we have official news that the leading Bundesliga goalscorer, Christopher Nkunku is joining Chelsea from on a six-year contract, for a reported fee of around €60m. The transfer will become official on July 1, when the international registration window opens.
The 25-year-old forward started his professional career in Ligue 1 at Paris Saint-Germain before moving to the Bundesliga in 2019. He scored 70 goals in 172 appearances for Leipzig, but 58 of those have come in his last 88 appearances over the past two seasons. Now he is looking forward to making a similar impact in the Premier League with Chelsea.
“I am incredibly happy to be joining Chelsea. A big effort was made to bring me to the club and I am looking forward to meeting my new coach and teammates and showing the Chelsea supporters what I can do on the pitch.
“Having played in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, I now want to play in the Premier League, one of the strongest leagues in the world. I am very excited for this challenge and will be proud to wear the Chelsea shirt.”
-Christopher Nkunku; source: Chelsea FC
Although this deal was pretty much agreed during Todd Boehly’s reign as acting sporting director, with Chelsea meeting the player’s release clause, the two guys currently in charge of those operations had some nice things to say as well.
“Christopher has proved himself one of the standout attacking players in European football over the past two seasons and will add quality, creativity and versatility to our squad.
“He has demonstrated his ability at the highest level with RB Leipzig and France and we look forward to him joining up with his new teammates ahead of the new season.”
-Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley; source: Chelsea FC
Signing Nkunku probably won’t be enough to address our goalscoring woes all by his lonesome, but he’s certainly a good option to add as Mauricio Pochettino tries to correct our record in this regard.
Welcome, Christopher! Let’s win some things!