Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel is “highly interested” in RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, according to Sky Sports Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg.
The journalist claims that the Blues may have to see off a challenge from Manchester United if they do want to sign the France international this summer:
Update #Nkunku: Not only Gvardiol, Tuchel is also highly interested in Nkunku! But: The player has got an offer from Leipzig to extend. They don’t want to sell him in summer. Right now no release clause. #MUFC is also interested, especially Rangnick. @SkySports @Sky_Marc #CFC 🇫🇷
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) May 10, 2022
The reaction from fans on Twitter has been mixed. While some believe Nkunku would be a very good signing, others are concerned about recruiting another player from the Bundesliga:
Nkunku x Havertz x Mount we’re winning it all
— Jack (@JE00001) May 10, 2022
When will we ever learn?
— nkono (@cfc_nkono) May 10, 2022
Return Werner and get him
— sanwo k. abiola (@Kemisanwo) May 10, 2022
Yup, the cycle begins. it’s another summer where we’re going to completely ignore the midfield again just like last season and spend crazy money on an attacker who would then come in and struggle because of the midfield
— stunna (@stunnathegoatg1) May 10, 2022
Nkunku is a world class finisher perfect for tuchel behind the striker
— Achraf.Abdellatif (@achrafNR06) May 10, 2022
I Don’t Trust The League He’s Coming From ❗️
— SB (@Akinaija) May 10, 2022
This is the profile we should be going for!
— Jay (@Jay13Silva) May 10, 2022
POTM for like 4 months in the Bundesliga ahead of the likes of Lewa and Haaland what could go wrong
— cruel sun 🌞 (@blacklivrs) May 10, 2022
I worry bout signing players from bundesliga but his numbers are great.
— Blue Dream (@CarefreeScotCFC) May 10, 2022
sign this man he is world class
— Triz (@KentrellJBryant) May 10, 2022
It is true that Chelsea’s record of buying players from Germany isn’t that great, but Nkunku is someone that has also proven his worth on the European stage.
Seven goals and two assists in six Champions League appearances, combined with an additional four goals in RB Leipzig’s Europa League campaign, shows that Nkunku is capable of playing at the highest level.
Leipzig are, though, reportedly holding out for around €75m (£64m), whilst there are reports that Manchester City and Liverpool could join United in challenging Chelsea for Nkunku’s signature, so it remains to be seen where the Frenchman will end up.