Date:7th October 2022 at 8:15am
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Chelsea are in pole position to land RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku as “all the pieces are in place”.

What’s the word?

That is according to transfer insider Dean Jones, who has informed GIVEMESPORT of the west Londoners’ current standing in their bid to get the France international in a blue shirt for next season.

The journalist understands that Chelsea are leading the race to sign Nkunku and expects the 24-year-old to link up with Graham Potter’s side at Stamford Bridge next summer.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, Jones said: “I think the best way to look at it at the moment is that all the pieces are in place. It does seem a pretty safe bet, at the moment, that he is likely to be a Chelsea player next season.”

A big-game player

Nkunku has rapidly risen in Europe’s list of brightest prospects, thanks to his efforts over the last couple of seasons.

He has gone from a steady attacking asset to a roaring prospect, as evidenced from his sudden emergence across the 2021/22 campaign which saw him bag a whopping 20 goals and 13 assists across 34 Bundesliga games.

The season prior saw him notch six goals and six assists from 28 Bundesliga appearances, a solid yet humble total which serves as evidence for his sudden emergence as one of Europe’s elite strikers.

For context, Nkunku has already scored the same amount of goals in this year’s Bundesliga campaign as he did in the entirety of 2020/21, having netted six in eight appearances so far for an RB Leipzig side who have stuttered this term.

In what is a promising realisation for Potter, the Frenchman’s ability to get goals is clearly not hindered by his team’s struggles in mid-table.

Hailed as an “intelligent” striker by his former manager Jesse Marsch, Nkunku is now a proven goalscorer, having bagged 56 over his three-and-a-half years with Leipzig, with that tally increasing all the time.

There is no doubt that the 24-year-old would enhance Potter’s squad significantly, having established himself as a “big game player” in the words of the admins at BBC Sport as he scored his ninth Champions League goal against Celtic on Wednesday night.