After almost eight months of secret medical tests, Christopher Nkunku has finally been unveiled as Chelsea new signing. The 23-year-old Frenchman has signed a six-year deal with the club, which will keep him at Stamford Bridge until June 2029. Chelsea paid a transfer fee of approximately €60m to RB Leipzig for the talented forward.
Nkunku began his football career in the Paris Saint-Germain youth system before moving to RB Leipzig in 2019. He quickly established himself as one of the standout attacking players in European football, scoring 16 goals and providing six assists in 25 Bundesliga appearances during the 2022-23 season. Nkunku can play as a centre forward or in the No 10 position, providing Chelsea with valuable versatility and creativity.
“I am incredibly happy to be joining Chelsea,” said Nkunku. “A big effort was made to bring me to the club and I am looking forward to meeting my new coach and team-mates and showing the Chelsea supporters what I can do on the pitch. Having played in Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga, I now want to play in the Premier League, one of the strongest leagues in the world. I am very excited for this challenge and will be proud to wear the Chelsea shirt.”
Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley, Chelsea’s co-sporting directors, also expressed their excitement about Nkunku’s arrival. “Christopher has proved himself one of the standout attacking players in European football over the past two seasons and will add quality, creativity and versatility to our squad.”
Nkunku is Chelsea’s second signing of the summer, following the acquisition of 16-year-old Ecuadorian midfielder Kendry Paez from Independiente del Valle for €20m (£17.27m). However, Paez will not join the club until 2025, when he turns 18.
Real Madrid were reportedly interested in signing Nkunku, but they were too late in their pursuit of the Frenchman. With his impressive performances in the Bundesliga, Nkunku is sure to be a valuable addition to Chelsea’s squad as they seek to defend their Premier League title and compete in the Champions League next season.