'Crushing everyone': Emmanuel Petit amazed by £53m player linked with Chelsea, thinks he's better than Mason Mount

Emmanuel Petit has raved about the quality of RB Leipzig attacker Christopher Nkunku, claiming that he’s actually better than Chelsea’s Mason Mount.

Nkunku, 25, is a talented forward in sensational form at club level this season.

The speedster has scored 17 goals in 23 games across all competitions this campaign for German club Leipzig, making him one of the most in-form players in Europe.

Unfortunately, he’s had to withdraw from France’s World Cup squad through injury just before the tournament begins in Qatar.

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Nkunku better than Mount

Former Chelsea player Petit is clearly a massive fan of Leipzig’s No.18.

When asked to pick between Nkunku or Mount, Petit told 90min: “Christopher Nkunku! He was voted player of the year in the Bundesliga. The boy, without making a sound, is crushing everyone.”

Mount, 23, is an attacking midfielder at Chelsea that has grown into a talisman at Stamford Bridge in the past couple of seasons, winning back-to-back player of the year awards.

However, he could soon have fresh competition for the club award if Nkunku heads to West London.

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TEAMtalk claim that Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly has informed Graham Potter that a transfer to sign Nkunku is almost finalised.

Journalist Simon Phillips adds that Nkunku’s injury won’t have an impact on any potential move to Stamford Bridge in the New Year.

The Athletic claim Chelsea have agreed to paying the £53million release clause of the Leipzig man, so Blues supporters will hope this deal is all-but wrapped up.

He looks like the kind of forward that can immediately improve the Chelsea line-up if he joins.

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Dom is a Chelsea supporter who has worked in online publishing for more than six years. Graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016, he now writes exclusively for The Chelsea Chronicle covering news, analysis and match coverage. He enjoys the dream position of writing about his boyhood club, which seems to be involved in more drama every single day than an episode of The Bill. Aside from his love for Chelsea, he supports and follows the England cricket team. He also fancies himself as the Sunday League version of Michael Essien.