Chelsea reportedly now know the exact arrival date of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.

According to 10 Sport, Nkunku will officially land in South West London on the 1st of July.

Why this day in particular isn’t exactly clear, but it does suggest that the France international shall not be a Chelsea player this season.

Todd Boehly is apparently confident he can add the Leipzig forward to Graham Potter’s squad in January.

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Yet, the Bundesliga side will understandably be reluctant to let their top-scorer leave mid-way through the season.

Plus, it might not be a wise move for the Blues to sign Nkunku before the summer, considering he is currently nursing an injury.

The 25-year-old’s World Cup dreams sadly came to crushing premature end last week, after it was confirmed he sustained a tournament-ending injury.

Nkunku suffers World Cup heartbreak

Frances’ campaign in Qatar kicks off tomorrow against Australia, with Didier Deschamps now without two of his main attackers.

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Karim Benzema has also had to bow out of the competition due to thigh problem.

Deschamps is missing some major players this winter, including Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.

Nkunku’s omission is perhaps the most brutal, considering he is yet to play at a World Cup.

He also missed out on the European Championships last summer.

His performances at club level have earned him recognition from Deschamps, so it’s such a shame to see him side-lined.

Hopefully Nkunku can recover fully and fire in the goals for Chelsea in the future.

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