Chelsea sent Christopher Nkunku and Josko Gvardiol transfer message as Leipzig agreement reached

Former Chelsea defender Glen Johnson believes Christopher Nkunku has all the characteristics to succeed in the Premier League. As reported earlier in the month , the 24-year-old attacker has penned a pre-contract agreement with the Blues ahead of a proposed move in time for the 2023/24 campaign. 

Chelsea have a long-term interest in the RB Leipzig and France star and look to have won the race for his signature. Chelsea have had scouts in attendance of Leipzig matches over the past couple of seasons to watch Nkunku , as well as Josko Gvardiol, who remains a target for the club.

Nkunku proved last season his ability in front of goal, with the Frenchman scoring an incredible 31 goals and registering 20 assists in 48 appearances in all competitions. Johnson, who spoke to about a number of topics, including Chelsea’s move for Nkunku, believes the France international has the ingredients to become a star in the Premier League next term. He said:

“Chelsea are chucking their name into the ring for a number of players. Nkunku hasn’t done it in the Premier League yet but that’s fine as he looks like a natural goal scorer. I cannot imagine that he hasn’t got the characteristics to be a success in the Premier League.

“Chelsea are a top, top club that’s going in the right direction and getting back to competing. The fact that the club is London-based is obviously a massive attraction and I believe they would be in everyone’s top three picks for clubs to join.”

As mentioned above, understands Chelsea also possess a long-term interest in Leipzig centre-back Gvardiol. The Croatian has impressed since moving to the Bundesliga in 2021 from Dinamo Zagreb and the Blues are looking to sign him, as well as Nkunku, next summer.

“I’m a massive fan of Wesley Fofana and I believe Chelsea should have signed him years ago,” Johnson added.

“If they were to add Gvardiol to their defence alongside him then they’d have a really nice balance. “Thiago Silva sadly can’t do what he’s been doing forever. They’d have a good balance of experience and youth.”

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