Chelsea will reportedly have to fund the most prestigious piece of business in RB Leipzig’s history if they want to land Christopher Nkunku.
This is according to Sport Bild, who claim the Bundesliga outfit are seeking to literally profit from the curiosity surrounding Nkunku.
In the past few days, the Frenchman’s name has been thrown in the direction of Stamford Bridge.
Or rather, Foot Mercato implied Chelsea’s interest was being hurled towards the in-form forward.
If true, can the Blues be blamed for taking an interest in Leipzig’s top scorer this season?
Pay up or push off
Nine goals in 10 games for Nkunku has turned heads across the continent.
Attention his manager might not appreciate, considering the number of key players that have left the Red Bull Arena in recent memory.
Although, the 23-year-old’s employers may have a different view, one influenced by money.
Bild suggest that Leipzig will demand a club-record transfer fee from whichever potential suitor has ambitions of signing Nkunku.
The highest outgoing previously recorded was that of Naby Keita, who officially joined Liverpool in 2018 for £48m (BBC).
But the Blues will have to break over those odds if they are to land Leipzig’s latest prized possession.
Is Christopher worth the cash?
Paying over £50m for a player only recently linked to Europe’s elite is a hefty sum, especially in today’s market.
Nkunku is clearly going places though; just ask those who have witnessed his development first-hand.
“He is very unique as he fills out many different positions,” said Franck Plaine, a former coach of the offensive dynamite.
“Not to disrespect a big club like Leipzig, but he can dream even bigger.”
Perhaps his price tag needs to be lowered before Chelsea enter the bidding, though, as right now he seems a risky purchase.