Chelsea, Liverpool eye Nkunku

-Ikenna Okafor

Christopher Nkunku just might be the hottest prospect in European football right now.

The Frenchman enjoyed a stunning season for RB Leipzig, scoring 35 goals and providing 20 assists in 51 matches across all competitions for the Bundesliga side.

Naturally, his success has seen him linked with a move to dozens of clubs, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain – his boyhood club – and Bayern Munich among those thought to be interested.

Leipzig are believed to value him at between £50-60m, not quite a drop in the ocean for some teams in the cash-rich Premier League but certainly affordable.

The German side are, unsurprisingly, keen on retaining him but will be wary of his personal ambition to reach the summit of the game for club and country.

He played in 78 games for PSG, scoring 11 goals, before making the switch to Leipzig in the summer of 2019 in search of more minutes.

Nkunku hit the ground running in his first Bundesliga campaign as he made an impressive 15 assists in 32 league matches before scoring six and assisting seven the following season.

Nkunku is renowned for his movement, link-up play and for dribbling through the middle but, despite his goalscoring antics at home and abroad, he is not yet as prolific as he could be, a worrying sign for opposition defences.

He has proven to be versatile, too. Nkunku was being shifted from wing back to central midfield to inside forward to centre forward in his first season at Leipzig, before nailing down a position as a second striker in the frontline.

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