Reports have claimed that Chelsea may have to sell as many as three attackers in order to fund the deal for Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.

According to The Telegraph, the Blues may consider selling Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja in order to fund the deal for the Frenchman, who the club are closing in on signing for next year.

Reports broke last week that Chelsea had held a medical over the summer for Nkunku, having tried to sign him earlier in the window.

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They were unable to reach a deal then, with the forward signing a new deal with the Bundesliga club.

However, that deal included a release clause that was definitely achievable for a club like Chelsea, with them even reportedly spending more on the deal than the clause in order to hold off competition.

Chelsea to sell before buying Nkunku

However, in order to continue spending as they did in the last window, The Telegraph have claimed they will need to sell in order to buy again.

Pulisic and Ziyech have both been heavily linked with both permanent and temporary departures from the club in recent months, with them being seen as surplus to requirements by the former manager Thomas Tuchel.

The pair will both be hoping for new starts under Graham Potter, with Pulisic in particular playing a big role in Chelsea’s winning goal at the weekend.

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Broja on the other hand would be a big loss for the Blues, with him currently reportedly pushing for a start due to his impressive performances in training and off the bench.

He nearly left the club in the summer this year, with many Premier League sides interested in a deal and Chelsea having the opportunity to cash in.

However, he remained at the club to the delight of Blues fans, who will be hoping he won’t be used as makeweight for any deal.

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.