After a breakout season last year, Christopher Nkunku has been the subject of rumors aplenty, but the latest bit of speculation is quite special indeed.
The RB Leipzig forward, who scored a whopping 35 goals in 52 appearances last season, and already has 6 goals in 11 games this season, has been linked with Chelsea already as well — of course — with some even putting him at the top of our wish list for next summer, alongside AC Milan’s Rafael Leão.
With (unsubstantiated) claims of a €60m release clause, Nkunku could very well be the more attainable of the two. In fact, according to Bild (via Fussball News), we’ve already conducted a medical check with the 24-year-old last month, doing so in secret in Frankfurt.
Well, not so secret anymore!
TRUE✅ Christopher Nkunku (22) made an medical-check in septembre in Frankfurt to prepare a Transfer to FC Chelsea for Sommer 2023 (release clause of €60 Mio Euro)— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) September 30, 2022
The report likens this Dr Evil-ish scheme to the transfer of Naby Keïta from Leipzig to Liverpool, agreed almost a year in advance. While Nkunku’s situation isn’t said to be that final, the report expects him to be wearing a Chelsea shirt next season (no wonder Timo Werner went back to them for so cheap!) — if all goes well.
That’s certainly a loaded if...