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“Very good” – Chelsea star delivers 15-word verdict on incoming £53m summer transfer



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Wesley Fofana believes Chelsea signing Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig is a ‘very good’ addition for the team.

Despite no official confirmation yet from either club, Nkunku is expected to move to Chelsea from Leipzig in a deal worth in excess of £52.7 million after a pre-agreement was reached in October 2022.

Nkunku, 25, will bolster Chelsea’s attacking line under Mauricio Pochettino, who will also join the club from July 1.

He finished as the joint-top goalscorer in the 2022/23 Bundesliga season alongside Niclas Füllkrug of Werder Bremen, with both finishing on 16 league goals for the campaign.

Nkunku ended his time at Leipzig with a goal to help them win the DFB-Pokal final against Eintracht Frankfurt.

The France international appeared to confirm his departure with a video shared on Instagram, which was captioned: “So good to have shared these moments with you all.”

He has now joined up with the France squad for their EURO 2024 qualifiers against Gibraltar and Greece this month.

International teammate Wesley Fofana, who joined Chelsea from Leicester City last summer, was quizzed on the forward’s potential transfer and hopes he will be able to call Nkunku a club teammate next season.

“I hope he comes and plays for us,” Fofana told Telefoot. “He would be a very good signing.”

Chelsea are looking to avoid a repeat of the 2022/23 season, which saw them finish in 12th in the Premier League after just scoring 38 goals in as many league outings.

“It was a difficult season,” added Fofana. “We didn’t finish where we wanted, but I hope next year will be better.”

Nkunku was coy on his future, admitting: “I am focused on gathering with Les Bleus. Everything that happens after, we will have time to think.”

It is likely that once France have played their two matches this month, Nkunku’s well-known proposed switch to Stamford Bridge will be officially announced.