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Report: Chelsea want Liverpool target Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea want to sign Christopher Nkunku, according to reports. Liverpool also like the player – but aren’t in position to compete.

This comes from the Guardian, among others. They claim that Chelsea plan a big summer transfer window and want Christopher Nkunku.

The Blues will soon have new ownership, of course, and it appears they’re eager to get off on the right foot. This promises to be a summer of change at Stamford Bridge, then, with several positions requiring something.

Centre-back is a big one, with Antonio Rudiger leaving for Real Madrid. Chelsea could lose Andreas Christensen, too.

But the big name on their list is arguably Nkunku. He’s been in sensational form all season for RB Leipzig and will be in high demand. The report acknowledges that he’s difficult to sign – Leipzig aren’t in the mood to sell – but if Chelsea want a statement this summer, Nkunku is likely the biggest.

Chelsea want Christopher Nkunku

Liverpool reportedly like Nkunku, too, according to ESPN. We see him as a fantastic target and one who could be a long-term replacement at centre-forward. The Frenchman is versatile to play their False 9 role and delivers goals at a brilliant rate.

But there’s a problem. Liverpool already have five elite forwards and we don’t see room for another. Someone would have to move on in order to make room for Nkunku.

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And the most likely candidate seems to be Sadio Mané. There’s talk that Bayern Munich want to sign him as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski as he enters the final year of his contract with Liverpool.

Now, we don’t believe selling Mané is a good idea but there’s no denying that Nkunku would be a sensational successor. It’s just unfortunate that losing the Senegal star is likely the only way Liverpool can justify competing with Chelsea.

If Mané actively wants to leave, though, we firmly believe Liverpool should get involved.

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