Another international break is here, which means it’s time for the rumor mill to swing into action and keep the clicks coming. That said, Chelsea are being linked with a pair of young attacking midfielders from the Bundesliga, and these two are pretty exciting, in fairness — even if it may be unlikely that we will (need to) invest in attackers anytime soon.
First up is Christopher Nkunku of RB Leipzig, who has been in scintillating form this season. The 23-year-old, who has featured everywhere across the attacking band, has 9 goals and 3 assists to his name in just 10 appearances. As a result, his agent, Pini Zahavi has clearly decided that the former PSG prospect has now outgrown the confines of Leipzig, and is looking to engineer a move for his client — or at least a better contract than the current one, which is set to expire in 2024 — as per Foot Mercato.
Info : Sur un petit nuage avec le RB Leipzig, Christopher Nkunku se prépare à un été agité.— Santi Aouna (@Santi_J_FM) October 4, 2021
Pini Zahavi , qui s'occupe du milieu offensif, s'est entretenu avec le Real Madrid, Chelsea et Manchester City en vue d'un transfert l'été prochain.https://t.co/cbqwKnrrnA
It’s worth noting that Zahavi has had close ties with Chelsea since the early days of Roman Abramovich, and Thomas Tuchel himself is already familiar with Nkunku, from a year spent together at PSG.
The other young and exciting attacking midfielder we’ve been linked with recently is Florian Wirtz of Bayer Leverkusen. The 18-year-old is already seen as the heir to King Kai Havertz at Bayer Leverkusen, and has 6 goals and 5 assists in 8 games this season.
According to BILD (via Sport Witness), Chelsea are one of the many sides to have scouted the youngster intensively, although Wirtz would prefer to stay in the Bundesliga for the time being. Bayern Munich are said to be leading the race for a €100m (!!) transfer in 2023 — color me surprised! — with Leverkusen looking to break their record transfer, which is currently held by the aforementioned Havertz.