'Crazy offer': Chelsea will have to pay huge money to sign 24-year-old target this summer, Romano suggests

Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea will need to round up their cash reserves if they are to sign Christopher Nkunku in the next transfer window.

Writing for Caught Offside, Romano explained that RB Leipzig would only consider selling their top scorer if a ‘crazy offer’ came their way.

Nkunku is the light of Leipzig’s life

Leipzig are certainly not going to let the Frenchman go lightly, following a quite outstanding individual campaign.

He has provided 54 goals in 50 matches this season, making him one of the most productive players across Europe.

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The 24-year-old has certainly filled the scoring void left by Timo Werner following his move to Stamford Bridge in 2020.

Whilst Werner has since struggled to rediscover his shooting boots, Nkunku simply cannot take his off.

Perhaps Chelsea felt they got the wrong guy from Leipzig.

According to reports, the club’s hierarchy have been long-term admirers of the attacker and even sent scouts to watch him recently.

Thomas Tuchel knows him from their days at Paris Saint-Germain, whilst he and Werner played 38 times together in 2019/20.

These are a few reasons why Nkunku might be tempted to join the Premier League side, even if his current employers have no intention of letting him go.

What will it cost Chelsea?

Romano’s reminder arrives just a day after Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff declared that the player will not be allowed to leave at the end of the campaign.

Unless, of course, he receives a proposal of seismic proportions that would be too hefty to turn down.

At the moment, Leipzig are trying to negotiate with Nkunku over a new contract, one that may include a release clause of €70/75m (£59/£64m).

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Receive this fee and it would easily trump the club-record sale set by Nabi Keita, who joined Liverpool in 2018 for £52.8m (Sky Sports).

Second on the list is Werner’s £45m (Sky Sports) switch to Chelsea.

Nkunku might want to consider how it’s gone for his former teammate in South West London before thinking about packing his Leipzig bags.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.