RB Leipzig set a £100m price for Christopher Nkunku, Arsenal interested: Reports
RB LEIPZIG have placed a £100million price tag on Christopher Nkunku in a bid to scare away suitors, reports say. Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris-Saint Germain are rumored to be keen on signing the Frenchman.
He scored 35 goals in 52 games last season and as a result has emerged as a hot commodity in the market.
How is it going for Christopher Nkunku right now?
But according to the Independent, Leipzig want £100m to prise away their in-form forward. Nkunku enjoyed his second season in Germany having made the move from PSG in 2019. And he admitted to being flattered by the speculation regarding his transfer future.
Nkunku, 24, told Telefoot: “It’s no secret. There are clubs interested in me. Yes it’s flattering, but it’s also flattering to have a club like Leipzig do everything to keep me as well. I’ll have to reflect and make a decision. The World Cup is on the way and that’s another factor to take into account.”
Christopher Nkunku has his eyes set on keeping his place in France’s squad for the World Cup. He is doing well so far, having earned six caps so far.
“Leipzig have set a high price for the player and convinced him another season in the Bundesliga is better for his career” The Independent goes on to explain.
Arsenal appear intent on signing an attacking player during the summer. But a central midfielder would surely be higher on the list of priorities should a big money deal take place.
As per the Independent, the Bundesliga side have set an asking price of around £100m for the exciting Frenchman, with the Gunners – as well as Paris Saint-Germain – believed to be ‘willing’ to match that figure.
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That potential deal would eclipse the £72m, club-record fee that the north Londoners paid to buy Nicolas Pepe from Lille in 2019, with the Emirates outfit in need of new forward additions following the recent departure of Lyon-bound Alexandre Lacazette, having already allowed former skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to join Barcelona in January.
Premier League rivals Manchester United are also named by the report as another potential suitor, although the Red Devils are ‘unlikely’ to cough up such a sizeable fee with other areas of the squad still to address.
Having only brought in backup goalkeeper Matt Turner and promising Brazilian, Marquinhos, so far this summer, Gunners supporters will no doubt be impatient for more high-profile additions, with these latest links to Nkunku likely to set pulses racing.
Dubbed a “superstar” by journalist Robin Bairner earlier this season, the versatile 24-year-old Christopher Nkunku would no doubt be able to make an instant impact in the Premier League, fresh off the back of an explosive, breakthrough campaign in Germany last time out.
In 50 games in all competitions in the 2021/22 season, the former PSG gem fired in a truly staggering 35 goals and 19 assists, notably netting a goal every 117 minutes in what was a simply breathtaking and relentless scoring spree.
It remains to be seen what happens in this transfer saga.