Chelsea have landed Christopher Nkunku for a price believed to be round £52.5 million, it was introduced on Tuesday.
The France worldwide turns into the primary signing of the Mauricio Pochettino period at Stamford Bridge, though a deal was agreed earlier than the previous Tottenham supervisor took over on the membership.
Chelsea lined up a transfer to signal Nkunku and the ahead even underwent a secret medical in Germany final summer time when Thomas Tuchel was supervisor, with a Chelsea orthopaedist current, forward of his transfer to England. It’s thought Graham Potter, Tuchel’s alternative after he was sacked, was additionally consulted over the opportunity of signing Nkunku.
The 25-year-old scored 16 targets in 25 matches within the Bundesliga final season for RB Leipzig and has signed a six-year deal at Chelsea.
“I’m extremely glad to be becoming a member of Chelsea. An enormous effort was made to deliver me to the membership. I’m very excited for this problem and shall be proud to put on the Chelsea shirt,” he mentioned.
“Having performed in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, I now wish to play within the Premier League, one of many strongest leagues on the planet.
“I’m wanting ahead to assembly my new coach and team-mates and exhibiting the Chelsea supporters what I can do on the pitch.”
Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting administrators, added: “Christopher has proved himself one of many standout attacking gamers in European soccer over the previous two seasons and can add high quality, creativity and flexibility to our squad.”
The transfer continues an eye-watering spending spree from proprietor Todd Boehly following his acquisition of the membership final yr. Chelsea have spent nicely over £600 million underneath his possession and Boehly insists he’ll get issues proper following final season’s depressing marketing campaign.
The membership sacked Tuchel and successor Potter final time period, with Chelsea ending twelfth underneath interim Frank Lampard.
“Then in fact, clearly, it’s a must to construct a group and your coach is the conductor of the group. I believe there’s a lot that we’ve learnt in regards to the totally different markets and the worldwide facet of all of it,” Boehly mentioned final month.
“The followers are demanding. They wish to win. We get that. We wish to win. Our view, although, was that this can be a long-term mission and we’re dedicated to the long run and we very a lot consider that we’re going to determine it out.”