RB Leipzig have set an enormous price for Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku, according to reports. The Frenchman is in high demand.
This comes from L’Équipe. They claim that RB Leipzig wouldn’t accept even €100m (around £85m) for star player Christopher Nkunku. They’re determined to hold onto the Frenchman for next season.
And it’s quite obvious why – Nkunku is having a remarkable season. The 24-year-old has 31 goals and 14 assists across all competitions, meaning he’s matching Mohamed Salah for goal contributions across the campaign. Leipzig, it has to be said, don’t usually keep players like that for long.
And Nkunku isn’t on board with the plan, either. The report claims he wants to move on this summer for a bigger club and he certainly has suitors.
One of those is supposedly Liverpool. ESPN have the Reds down as interested but it remains to be seen whether they’d pay a massive price.
A report from Sky Germany claims that Leipzig will offer Nkunku a new contract with a £55m release clause in it for 2023. With that, they’re hoping everyone can get what they want.
But it won’t be easy. As Thierry Henry recently told CBS Sports, ‘the world wants’ Nkunku, such is his incredible form this season. Leipzig, as a result, will face incredible pressure to sell this summer.
RB Leipzig don’t want to sell Liverpool transfer target Christopher Nkunku
We’re big fans of Nkunku and Liverpool won’t find many better players to take on their False 9 role going forward. It’s not a position many teams use but the Frenchman could be as good as it gets.
So there is a lot of sense in Liverpool’s interest. It just doesn’t feel likely that any move happens in 2023 – perhaps that suits the Reds, though.
After all, Liverpool boast five elite forwards right now and it’s very possible that none of them leave this summer. Next year, though? They very well could and Nkunku should be available. This might not be a story for 2022, then but one for a year’s time.