Chelsea transfer news: Fabrizio Romano confirms Blues pursuit of Christopher Nkunku; club locked in battle with Liverpool over Chicago Fire attacker, and more
Chelsea climb to fifth in the Premier League standings after beating Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park over the weekend. New manager Graham Potter will now keep an eye on the midweek game against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Meanwhile, renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has confirmed the Blues’ pursuit Christopher Nkunku. Elsewhere, the giants of London are locked in battle with Liverpool for a Chicago Fire attacker.
On that note, here’s a look at the key Chelsea transfer stories for October 3, 2022:
Fabrizio Romano confirms pursuit of Chelsea’s Christopher Nkunku
Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Christopher Nkunku has completed medical procedures for Chelsea.
RB Leipzig players are a hot asset of European football at the moment and are sought after by clubs across the continent. However, recent reports claim that the London giants have eaten away their opponents in the race for his signature.
In his column for Caught offsideRomano provided an update on the entire episode.
“We’ve had a lot of stories about Christopher Nkunku in the last 24-48 hours. That’s normal; he’s a top player and some big clubs are involved, so what’s really going on? From what I’ve been told, Nkunku has had a medical with Chelsea – it wasn’t a personal medical; the Chelsea staff were there, and it was for Chelsea Football Club ,” wrote Romano.
The Italian added that the Blues still have to reach an agreement with Leipzig.
“This does not mean that it is a completed deal; the medical examination took place a few weeks ago and Chelsea have submitted an offer to the player he is pleased with. But with RB Leipzig, there is still room for improvement. the to-do about a deal,” Romano wrote.
Romano also says the player is pushing for a move to Stamford Bridge.
“I have been informed that Chelsea will attempt to discuss a fee with Leipzig before activating the clause in June 2023; so maybe they will discuss different price tags or payment terms. At the moment, Chelsea are pushing and leading the race, also on the players side,” wrote Romano.
Nkunku has eight goals in 12 games this season.
The Blues locked in battle with Liverpool because of Jhon Duran
Chelsea locked in battle with Liverpool because of Jhon Duran, according to The Sun via Caught offside. The Colombian striker has been on the upswing since joining the Chicago Fire this season. At just 18 years old, Duran scored 13 goals and assisted in 26 games for the MLS club.
His explosive start in Chicago has attracted interest from clubs across Europe, including the Blues. The Colombian seems to have the speed and dexterity to succeed in the Premier League and could be available for around £10m with add-ons. However, the Blues could face competition from the Red Devils for his signature.
Graham Potter, an admirer of Leandro Trossard, says Fabrizio Romano
Fabrizio Romano has said that Graham Potter takes Leandro Trossard very seriously. The Belgian attacker has been impressive for Brighton & Hove Albion recently, and his contract expires in 2024.
In his column for Caught offsideRomano also noted that Chelsea are not currently monitoring the player.
Romano writes: “There has been much talk about Leandro Trossard; no, during the summer he was never close to leaving Brighton, because they sold Cucurella and never considered selling any other top players.”
“I am sure that in 2023, there will be a lot of interest around Trossard, because he is doing great. Potter is of course a big fan of Trossard; But at the moment, nothing is happening with Chelsea.”
Trossard has scored 5 goals in 7 games this season.