When the official summer transfer market opens later this month, Chelsea is anticipated to announce the acquisition of RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku.
The arrival of RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku in a £52 million trade to Chelsea is anticipated to be announced this month. According to football. London, the Frenchman has already passed all medical examinations in preparation for a move to Stamford Bridge, despite having signed a pre-contract deal with the Blues last year.
In his final game for Leipzig, Nkunku not only scored but also picked up an assist, helping the German team win the DFB-Pokal. The West Londoners have reportedly been sending scouts to monitor Nkunku over the past few years, and they have been quite impressed, according to Football. London.
The RB Leipzig star won the Bundesliga Golden Boot with Niclas Fullkrug, scoring 16 goals, despite missing two months of the season. Nkunku may join Chelsea this summer, according to Leipzig’s sporting director Max Eberl, who told BILD in January that “the signs are very, very clear that he’s moving to Chelsea.”
Eberl was subsequently questioned once more about the forward joining the Blues following the DFB-Pokal final. According to Sky Sports Germany, he responded, “He could be.” Despite Nkunku’s arrival at the club, new Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring in a new striker this summer, according to a report from The Guardian. The Blues are ‘determined’ to wait before finding a talisman since they think Nkunku might lead the line well enough.
In light of this, football. London examines the potential Chelsea shirt numbers that Nkunku might wear as he gets closer to being officially announced as a new Blues player. Nkunku was a member of the young Paris Saint-Germain club, with jersey numbers 7, 8, 10, and 14.
Before switching to number 11 toward the conclusion of his stay in the French city, he also donned the number 24 at the beginning of his professional football career with PSG. Nkunku wore the number 18 at RB Leipzig and hasn’t altered it since he arrived in Germany in 2019.
At Stamford Bridge, injured striker Armando Broja is wearing this shirt number. Unless the Frenchman is content to give up his shirt for the Albanian forward, Nkunku will need to select another number.
As Todd Boehly works to reduce the roster, there is a chance that a few players will become available given the large number of players expected to leave Chelsea this summer. The number 8 jersey may become available if Mateo Kovacic signs a £35 million transfer with Manchester City.
However, the Blues are working hard to complete the acquisition of Manuel Ugarte from Sporting CP, and if he moves to Stamford Bridge, the Uruguayan may choose to wear that number. Due to Pochettino’s decision to forgo loaning out Joao Felix and Denis Zakaria for the upcoming season, the numbers 11 and 20 are now available at the club for the 2023–24 season.
When it comes to their futures at Chelsea, Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and Hakim Ziyech are all in the dark. If they left, their numbers would be available (10, 29, 9, and 22, respectively). Although Nkunku has never worn the numbers 12 or 16 in his career, Edouard Mendy and Ruben Loftus-Cheek may both depart the club this summer, which might make those numbers accessible.
Christopher Nkunku presently has access to squad numbers 2, 3, and 20.