Fabrizio Romano has given an interesting update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Christopher Nkunku.
The Italian journalist has claimed that the Blues are well-placed in their chase for the signature of the RB Leipzig forward.
Romano told Givemesport:
“Chelsea have a very good relationship with Leipzig, so they negotiated over a potential fee because Chelsea are not triggering the clause.”
“They are discussing a fee with Leipzig worth around £60million, with different kinds of payment terms. Negotiations are progressing very well and the deal is almost ready.”
Nkunku’s current contract at Leipzig will see the activation of a release clause worth £58 million next summer. The Blues are, however, keen to pay £60 million in advance to wrap up the deal, possibly by the January transfer window.
Paying a transfer fee instead of a release clause will allow the Blues to stagger the payment over multiple years rather than dish out £58 million all at once.
As per reports, Nkunku has already signed a pre-contract agreement with the Blues after completing his medical in Frankfurt in September 2021. He has registered 17 goals and four assists in 25 games for Leipzig this season.
The 25-year-old forward was called up to the France squad for the World Cup. However, an accidental injury in the training camp during the build-up has seen him get replaced in Qatar.
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