Chelsea are assured they’ve wrapped up a deal for RB Leipzig ahead Christopher Nkunku, 90min understands, with the Blues seeking to convey the Frenchman in as quickly as January.
As revealed again in September, Nkunku underwent a medical with Chelsea in the course of the summer season forward of a change to Stamford Bridge in 2023.
The 25-year-old has a £58m launch clause in his contract which is able to change into lively subsequent summer season, however Chelsea have signalled a willingness to pay greater than that instantly, each to make sure a deal is finished quickly but in addition to allow them to unfold the price over quite a few years.
Sources near the negotiations have advised 90min that there’s a confidence at Chelsea that Nkunku’s signing is all however finalised, and the main target is now on understanding whether or not he’ll be a part of the membership in January or in the summertime.
Given their struggles this season, Chelsea are pushing for Nkunku to maneuver to Stamford Bridge as quickly as doable, however Leipzig are at the moment unwilling to lose the Frenchman, who has 12 targets in 15 Bundesliga video games this season, halfway by means of the marketing campaign.
With many of the laborious work now finished in terms of Nkunku, Chelsea proceed to go searching Europe for additional reinforcements to their struggling ahead line.
AC Milan’s Rafael Leao is among the many prime targets at Stamford Bridge however the Blues are additionally searching for an out-and-out striker to guide the road, with Napoli’s Victor Osimhen nonetheless on the prime of their want checklist.
Nonetheless, with any deal for Osimhen more likely to show troublesome and costly, Chelsea scouts have drawn up experiences on different choices and have watched each Brentford’s Ivan Toney and Borussia Monchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram, the latter of whom is out of contract in 2023.
25-year-old Thuram, son of former France defender Lilian, has ten targets in 15 video games this season and was just lately watched by Tottenham.