Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Timo Werner’s former RB Leipzig teammate Christopher Nkunku, according to Foot Mercato.
The reports claim that Thomas Tuchel’s side is just one of the few European sides including Premier League rivals Manchester City and Real Madrid to have spoken to the midfielder’s agent, Pini Zahavi.
Zahavi is also the agent of Emerson Palmieri, who is currently on loan at Lyon from Chelsea so Marina Granoskaia may be able to engineer an opening into the agent’s good books ahead of a ploy for Nkunku.
The 23-year-old, whose contract doesn’t expire at Leipzig until 2024, has enjoyed a fruitful start to the season directly contributing towards twelve goals across just ten games as the Frenchman prepares for a busy summer transfer window.
Nkunku previously worked with Tuchel at Paris Saint Germain prior to his £12 million move to the Bundesliga in 2019 and the Blues boss is reportedly keen to work with the midfielder again.
Nkunku made his breakthrough into regular first-team football by totalling over 1,000 Ligue 1 minutes for the first time in his career under the Chelsea boss at Les Parc de Princes.
In addition to Tuchel’s fondness of the midfielder, the German has not only seen first-hand how Nkunku can relish a creative role at Chelsea from their time at PSG but he is also able to look back on how well the Frenchman combined with Timo Werner.
Werner, who has struggled to find the net on a consistent basis for the Blues, spent a season with Nkunku before the Germany international eventually arrived in west London for a deal valued at around £47 million.
But, despite having only had a season to fuse a relationship, the pair spent over 2,000 minutes of game time together on the field and directly contributed to one another seven times in 38 games across all competitions.
Three of which all came at once in Leipzig’s rampant 8-0 thrashing of Mainz, as Werner netted twice from Nkunku assists before the Blues striker returned the favour, showing how the Frenchman could finally unlock the German’s true goal-scoring potential.
Werner has scored just two goals in his last eight games under Tuchel this season, adding to his 30 contributions across all 60 games for the west London club.
With Pep Guardiola’s City in the conversation regarding Nkunku’s future, Chelsea will be inclined to act swiftly should they wish to prise the highly sought after midfielder to Stamford Bridge and away from their rivals.
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