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‘No exit option’ – Chelsea handed transfer boost after final summer confirmation on €60m deal



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The deal in place for Chelsea to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig this summer will go through regardless of how the Blues perform this season, according to reports.

After undergoing a medical last summer during the transfer window to undergo checks, a pre-agreement was reached between Chelsea and RB Leipzig for Nkunku to move to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2023.

Chelsea secured the Frenchman’s signature by agreeing a fee in excess of his €60 million release clause.

The transfer is yet to be officially confirmed by either club, however with Chelsea’s form this season they are increasingly unlikely to qualify for the Champions League next season, which may have impacted Nkunku’s stance on joining the Blues.

The only feasible way, as it stands, for Graham Potter’s side to clinch top-tier European qualification is by winning this season’s competition. Chelsea progressed into the quarter-finals last week with a 2-1 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund.

As reported by Florian Plettenberg though, Nkunku will become a Chelsea player this summer regardless of the outcome this season. The deal is locked in and he will ‘definitely’ move to west London.

There is ‘no exit option’ and Nkunku will complete the around €60 million move to bolster Potter’s attack for the 2023/24 campaign.

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An official announcement is likely to come at the end of the season.

Despite suffering from a knee injury since the turn of the year, which has seen Nkunku in and out of the Leipzig side, the attacker has scored 17 goals from 27 appearances in all competition, also registering five assists.

Chelsea are set for a squad overhaul this summer to make way for all of the new signings which have already been acquired, as well as the future ones.

Joao Felix‘s future at Chelsea is to be decided at the end of the season when his six-month loan move from Atletico Madrid concludes. There is no option to buy, but Todd Boehly and Co are reportedly keen on making his loan switch permanent.

As for Nkunku, Chelsea don’t need to worry how the rest of the season plays out – although they will want to finish strongly – regarding Nkunku’s move, he will move to Stamford Bridge.

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