Chelsea sign prolific Leipzig striker on £53m deal as pressure mounts on Graham Potter

Graham Potter, Chelsea Manager

Chelsea have reportedly completed the signing of highly-rated RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku.

The Blues have been in talks with the forward since last season but have now landed their man. However, they will have to wait until next season to have the French striker at their disposal.

According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Graham Potter’s side agreed on personal terms to join the Blues next season in a deal expected to cost £53m.

The 25-year-old comes to Stamford Bridge with many expectations on his shoulder after a breakout season with RB Leipzig. Nkunku netted 20 times in 34 outings for Leipzig while contributing 15 assists last season.

He was ruled out of the World Cup after picking up a training injury in the run-up to the competition, but before then had contributed 12 goals in 15 matches so far in the Bundesliga.

The Frenchman brings a lot to the table and is the type of striker that can play across the front three. He is quick, versatile and has an eye for goal. 

Nkunku can play as a centre-forward, a false nine or an attacking midfielder. He also has plenty of Champions League experience, boasts three goals, and made one assist in six appearances in the competition this season.