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Chelsea ‘complete deal for Christopher Nkunku’ as Potter makes his first statement signing

Chelsea have reportedly completed the transfer of RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku, who is in line to join the club ahead of the 2023-24 campaign.

The Blues were one of many clubs who were linked with the France international during the summer transfer window, but a move failed to materialise then.

Nkunku had 35 goals and 20 assists came in all competitions, but RB Leipzig were successful in agreeing a contract extension with the player in the summer.

But, when speaking with their German counterparts, it was soon reported that Chelsea had discussed signing Nkunku at the end of this campaign.

Nkunku is reported to have undergone a medical with Chelsea staff at the time of the negotiations ahead of a future move to Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of £50m.

Since then, Nkunku has been dealing with a knee issue, a torn ligament resulting in his withdrawal from the France World Cup squad in Qatar.

Nevertheless, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, the London club have proceeded to finalise the transfer of Nkunku.

Romano claims that “all documents and contracts have been signed, it’s 100% closed”, the Blues seemingly winning the race for Nkunku at a time when they are struggling on the pitch.

Chelsea currently sit in eighth position in the Premier League standings, eight points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the race for Champions League qualification.

Graham Potter’s side have also netted just 17 times in 14 games, with Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Armando Broja having just eight goals between them in all competitions.

In comparison, Nkunku has contributed 16 strikes and three assists from 22 appearances, starring in a Leipzig side which won 11 of their 13 games before the World Cup break.

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