Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly just isn’t messing round.
The American is seeking to tie up some large transfers as quickly as potential with a view to reshaping the crew in the summertime of 2023, and one of many names in direction of the highest of his want checklist is RB Leipzig ahead Christopher Nkunku.
The Frenchman is without doubt one of the most in-demand forwards round on the minute. He racked up 20 objectives and 15 assists within the Bundesliga final season and has already discovered the again of the web six occasions in simply eight league video games this time round.
Boehly is a giant fan and sources have confirmed to 90min that Chelsea are actually pursuing offers for each Nkunku and Leipzig teammate Josko Gvardiol, with a view to each gamers making the transfer to Stamford Bridge in the summertime.
Chelsea will not be quick on forwards, nevertheless – notably those that you wouldn’t classify as an out-and-out striker – so simply how he would match into Graham Potter’s system is up within the air.
Here is a number of choices Potter might think about if Boehly can get this deal achieved.
Potter has not been afraid to play two strikers, lately deploying Raheem Sterling up prime alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace.
On this setup, Nkunku would take the secondary striker position. The 24-year-old is seen as extra of a shadow striker and likes to float round seeking the very best place to impression the sport, and that is precisely what Potter has been searching for.
Both facet of the pairing could be superior midfielders who could be tasked with flitting round and swapping locations with Nkunku – a place by which Chelsea are very well-stocked.
Kai Havertz (RW) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Christopher Nkunku (ST) – Raheem Sterling (LW)
Christian Pulisic (RW) – Kai Havertz (ST) – Christopher Nkunku (ST) – Raheem Sterling (LW)
Kai Havertz (RW) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Christopher Nkunku (ST) – Mason Mount (LW)
Nkunku performs extra like an attacking midfielder anyway, and with Potter recognized to be a fan of a 3-4-2-1 setup, he might deploy the Frenchman in that position to begin with.
Glad on both facet of the pitch, Nkunku might fill in wherever Potter wanted him on this attacking setup and there are not any scarcity of gamers who might go alongside him.
Christopher Nkunku (AM) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Raheem Sterling (AM)
Christopher Nkunku (AM) – Kai Havertz (ST) – Mason Mount (AM)
Kai Havertz (AM) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (ST) – Christopher Nkunku (AM)
Over the previous few years, Chelsea’s beginning striker has been certainly one of these half-striker characters. Kai Havertz has had the honour as a rule, however Nkunku might now be deployed instead.
It isn’t a job he has performed too usually up to now, however Nkunku has confirmed able to enjoying on his personal up prime when the time comes.
Kai Havertz (AM) – Christopher Nkunku (ST) – Raheem Sterling (AM)
Mason Mount (AM) – Christopher Nkunku (ST) – Raheem Sterling (AM)