Another exclusive update on the Christopher Nkunku to Chelsea transfer saga has been provided by Fabrizio Romano, who refutes claims that the Blues have already agreed to pay the France international’s release clause at RB Leipzig.
While Nkunku has passed a medical exam with Chelsea and appears to have reached an agreement on the terms of his contract at Stamford Bridge, Romano wrote in his CaughtOffside column that it is still unclear how the two clubs will come to an agreement on the deal’s specifics.
Nkunku’s buy-out clause was reportedly going to be activated by Chelsea next summer, but Romano claims that the west London giants have not yet made that decision and are instead planning to try to negotiate a differently structured fee with Leipzig.
Romano responded to the most recent Nkunku transfer rumors by saying, “I’m told Chelsea are on the verge of coming to an agreement with RB Leipzig for a different structure of the deal, and not triggering the release clause in June. The plan has always been to do this.
The player’s contract and medical are both in order.
Romano went on to say that he thought this looked like a “excellent” possible signing for CFC and commended them for moving forward with the deal in what he believes to be a challenging market for strikers right now.
In a competitive striker market, I believe it to be a great addition for Chelsea.
Even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should be a good short-term option for this season, Chelsea clearly appears to need a big-name signing up front for the upcoming campaign.
Romelu Lukaku was a big-ticket acquisition for the Blues just over a year ago, but it’s safe to say that it didn’t work out too well; the Belgian international is once again on loan at Inter Milan.
Nkunku, who scored 35 goals in all competitions last season, has been incredibly impressive in the Bundesliga recently and might be the best long-term choice to lead the line for Chelsea.