Report: Chelsea board have now discussed signing 24-year-old striker, they've decided he's simply too expensive

Reports from Germany suggest Chelsea are prepared to give up their quest to sign RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku.

According to Sport Bild, the Blues had been considering a move for the 24-year-old as a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who is all but confirmed to be an Inter Milan player next season.

The Frenchman enjoyed a stellar season with Leipzig last season, contributing more combined goals and assists than appearances in the Bundesliga.

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He also starred on the European stage, scoring seven goals in the group stages of the Champions League, despite being placed in a group with Manchester City and PSG.

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His outstanding form has put the international chiefs on note, with him earning six caps since his debut for France in March.

Elite clubs around the continent have been rumoured to be interested in the striker, with Chelsea one of the clubs said to be chasing his signature.

However, according to Sport Bild, the Blues have run into too many problems in their hunt for the France international.

They suggest Chelsea are under the impression the Nkunku signing will cost them around £90m, with most of the clubs interested in his services already informing the player’s agent this would be too much.

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Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid are just a few of a handful of clubs also linked with a move for the 24-year-old.

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Nkunku looks set to sign a new deal at Leipzig, however it is believed it is set to involve a release clause at a much more achievable price tag for the world’s top teams.

This means it is in the club’s best interests to wait until they can activate that, although they will undoubtedly face competition for his signature.

Chelsea will be hoping Thomas Tuchel’s experience with the Frenchman at PSG may have an impact if the striker is forced to make a choice on his next club.

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.