RB Leipzig striker Christopher Nkunku is apparently being scouted by Liverpool, who are hoping to lure him away from a transfer to Chelsea. The France national team player has already had his medical examination in preparation for a transfer to Stamford Bridge, but a contract between the two teams has not been finalised.
Nkunku has been one of Europe’s best players this year. He had a breakout season in the Bundesliga and has started the new season in red hot fashion. The 24-year-old has seven goals in 10 league games for Chelsea, putting them in good position to sign him in 2023.
Although the club would like to negotiate a lesser sum with Leipzig, they are prepared to meet the £52 million release clause in the player’s contract since they have already persuaded the player to join them in the Premier League. This allowed another team to rush in and sign the former PSG star.
According to the sun, Liverpool reportedly dispatched scouts to see Nkunku’s Champions League game against Celtic earlier this week and are hoping that his transfer to Chelsea falls through so that they can make a move. The Reds know he is probably going to sign with one of their Premier League rivals and that they have probably “missed the boat,” but they are still monitoring his situation.
Because of Nkunku’s versatility, Graham Potter will have lots of choices when adjusting the formation during games to suit the ebb and flow of play. Nkunku can play on either flank, as a striker, or as a No. 10. The Blues want to prove that they can compete for every trophy by investing heavily in the next transfer windows under Todd Boehly.
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During the next transfer windows, Potter is also looking to strengthen his defence by perhaps acquiring Josko Gvardiol from Leipzig. Since the central defender just signed a contract extension with the Bundesliga club, it might cost as much as £80 million to lure him away from Chelsea, who offered far less than that in the summer.
Some have questioned Potter’s ability to manage ‘large egos,’ given that he has worked with Brighton, Swansea, and Ostersunds in the past. Potter responded to these accusations earlier this week, stating, “As far as I’m aware, they are still human people. When they hit a particular plateau, they supposedly develop a second head and start acting strangely, at least according to the media. That’s a simple statement to make, yet it belies the truth.
There weren’t many “big” players at Brighton, but I got along OK with Adam Lallana (who won the Champions League and played for Liverpool for seven years) and Danny Welbeck (who has had a successful career).