Chelsea are reportedly attempting to get a deal over the line for Christopher Nkunku to join in January.

According to 90min, the Stamford Bridge hierarchy are ‘pushing’ for Nkunku to leave RB Leipzig ‘as soon as possible’.

Everything appears to be inline for the Leipzig forward to set sail for South West London.

A verbal agreement is apparently in place between the two parties.    

Now all that seemingly needs to be done is to decide when, not if, Nkunku becomes a blue.

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Chelsea want Nkunku now not later

Considering Chelsea’s attacking deficiencies this season, they will understandably want him to arrive sooner rather than later.

However, Leipzig are clearly reluctant to relinquish their ‘world-class’ offensive outlet.

The 25-year-old has already scored 17 goals so far this term, nearly half of what he managed across the entirety of the previous campaign.

If the Bundesliga club can at least hold off Todd Boehly’s advances until the summer, they might have a better chance of Champions League qualification.

Marco Rose will certainly want Nkunku onboard for the Champions League round of 16 fixtures against Manchester City in February and March.

Graham Potter probably wouldn’t mind having the France international in his team for the European ties with Borussia Dortmund.

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Not to mention the Premier League games that will come thick and fast after the World Cup.

Adding extra firepower to a struggling front line is just one of the issues Potter must address right now.

Yet, despite Nkunku’s prowess in German, he is not guaranteed to emulate such a return in England.

Just ask Timo Werner, who returned to Leipzig after just two seasons as a Chelsea player due to a downwards spiral in form.

But please don’t let that deter you, Christopher…

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