‘Broad agreement’: Chelsea closing in on making £60m attacker their first signing of next summer – journalist

Journalist Ben Jacobs has claimed that Chelsea have a ‘broad club-to-club agreement’ with RB Leipzig to sign Christopher Nkunku next summer.

The Blues have been widely reported to be close to securing a deal for the Frenchman pretty much ever since the summer transfer window ended at the start of September.

Despite making an attempt to sign him in the summer, Nkunku signed a new contract with the Bundesliga club, albeit involving a very tempting release clause.

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In an effort to beat other elite sides to a deal, the Blues moved quickly and held a secret medical with the 25-year-old to try and secure his services for the future.

Since then, reports have claimed that they are expecting the deal to be done, with there even being rumours that it could be done in January.

Chelsea agreement for Nkunku

However, his World Cup ending injury suffered days before the tournament has ruled out the possibility of that occurring.

Jacobs has instead claimed there is an agreement between the clubs that the deal will be done this summer.

He said: “Christopher Nkunku update. Although Leipzig call a move to Chelsea a “transfer rumour”, am told there is now a broad club-to-club agreement in place for summer 2023 worth around €70m.

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“Nkunku’s injury won’t affect much. A January move was never Nkunku’s preference and Leipzig never seriously entertained letting him leave mid-season. Until everything signed, other clubs can hijack, but Chelsea confident for months and Leipzig agreement is next step to completion.”

Nkunku’s potential arrival at Stamford Bridge would hopefully address the goal issues being suffered by Graham Potter’s side at the moment.

They again have been unable to establish a regular goalscorer this season, with the signing of Raheem Sterling not yet having the desired effect in front of goal.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.