Chelsea Football Club has confirmed the signing of French international Christopher Nkunku for an estimated fee of £52.5 million. The announcement was made on Tuesday, marking the first acquisition under new manager Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure. However, it should be noted that the agreement was reached before Pochettino officially took over at Stamford Bridge.
Nkunku’s move to Chelsea was initially planned when Thomas Tuchel was still managing the team. The 25-year-old forward even underwent a discreet medical examination in Germany last summer, with a Chelsea orthopedist present. Graham Potter, who succeeded Tuchel before being replaced himself, was also consulted about the prospect of signing Nkunku.
During his time at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, Nkunku scored 16 goals in 25 matches. He has now signed a six-year contract with Chelsea. Expressing his excitement about joining the club, Nkunku stated that he is eager to play in the Premier League and showcase his abilities to Chelsea fans.
Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, praised Nkunku as one of Europe’s top attacking talents and highlighted the quality, creativity, and versatility he will bring to the team.
This signing is part of an ongoing spending spree by Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, who took over the club last year. With over £600 million spent during his tenure, Boehly remains committed to long-term success and improvement, despite the challenges faced in the previous season. Chelsea finished 12th in the league after dismissing both Tuchel and Potter, with Frank Lampard stepping in as interim manager.