Christopher Nkunku and Leipzig have deal in principle with Chelsea – Fee below market value?

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Despite injury 

Christopher Nkunku is currently on the sideline with a torn knee ligament that will keep the French forward out of the World Cup in Qatar. But despite the injury, which the 25-year-old suffered just days ahead of the World Cup while training with the French national team, a move from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is still very much on the table. Transfermarkt, in fact, can confirm a report by CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs that a deal is agreed upon in principle between all parties. 

Speculations about a potential deal have been ongoing since the fall when reports suggested that Nkunku had a Chelsea medical outside of Frankfurt last August. As part of the medical, Chelsea reportedly also agreed a deal in principle with the French forward and his club RB Leipzig. That deal will be in the region of €70 million, just €10 million below his current market value, which makes him the joint second most valuable player in the Bundesliga. 

Musiala level with Bellingham – The most valuable players in the Bundesliga

30 Daichi Kamada | Frankfurt | Market value: €30m

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29 Marcus Thuram | Gladbach | Market value: €30m

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28 Randal Kolo Muani | Frankfurt | Market value: €30m

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27 Youssoufa Moukoko | BVB | Market value: €30m

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26 Evan Ndicka | Frankfurt | Market value: €32m

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25 Nico Schlotterbeck | BVB | Market value: €33m

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24 Sébastien Haller | BVB | Market value: €35m

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23 Niklas Süle | BVB | Market value: €35m

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22 Karim Adeyemi | BVB | Market value: €35m

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21 Giovanni Reyna | BVB | Market value: €35m

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20 Benjamin Pavard | Bayern | Market value: €35m

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19 Dominik Szoboszlai | Leipzig | Market value: €35m

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18 Patrik Schick | Leverkusen | Market value: €38m

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17 Dani Olmo | Leipzig | Market value: €40m

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16 Lucas Hernández | Bayern | Market value: €50m

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15 Dayot Upamecano | Bayern | Market value: €50m

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14 Moussa Diaby | Leverkusen | Market value: €50m

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13 Sadio Mané | Bayern | Market value: €60m

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12 Kingsley Coman | Bayern | Market value: €60m

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11 Josko Gvardiol | Leipzig | Market value: €60m

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10 Leon Goretzka | Bayern | Market value: €65m

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9 Serge Gnabry | Bayern | Market value: €65m

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8 Matthijs de Ligt | Bayern | Market value: €70m

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7 Alphonso Davies | Bayern | Market value: €70m

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6 Florian Wirtz | Leverkusen | Market value: €70m

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5 Leroy Sané | Bayern | Market value: €70m

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4 Joshua Kimmich | Bayern | Market value: €80m

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3 Christopher Nkunku | Leipzig | Market value: €80m

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2 Jamal Musiala | Bayern | Market value: €100m

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1 Jude Bellingham | BVB | Market value: €100m

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After coming off a spectacular season in which he scored 20 goals and 15 assists in 34 Bundesliga games, Nkunku signed a new contract until the end of the 2025/26 season last June. The striker has since carried his form into the new season as he leads the Bundesliga with 12 goals in 15 games. Nkunku has also scored three goals in six Champions League games and has been a big part of a remarkable turnaround under new head coach Marco Rose.

Nkunku part of RB Leipzig turnaround – Replacement already in place?

After a poor start under Domenico Tedesco, Rose has turned results around, qualifying for the round of 16 of the Champions League and going into the Bundesliga break in third place. Nkunku’s scoring has been a big part of the success as the Frenchman scored in the final UCL games against Real Madrid and Shakhtar and also scored five goals in his last five Bundesliga games. 

Nonetheless, it now appears that Leipzig will allow Nkunku to leave for €70m next summer. In Benjamin Sesko from Red Bull Salzburg, Leipzig already have a center-forward lined up, and the arrival of Timo Werner from Chelsea in the summer should further compensate for what could become the most expensive outgoing transfer in Leipzig’s history. 

Werner, Keïta & Co.: RB Leipzig’s record departures

15 Hannes Wolf | 2021 for €9.5M to Gladbach

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14 Bernardo | 2018 for €10M to Brighton

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13 Diego Demme | 2020 for €12M to Napoli

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12 Bruma | 2019 for €15M to PSV Eindhoven

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11 Nordi Mukiele | 2022 for €12M to PSG

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10 Marcel Sabitzer | 2021 for €15M to Bayern Munich

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9 Oliver Burke | 2017 for €15.2M to West Brom

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8 Brian Brobbey | 2022 for €16.35M to Ajax

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7 Hee-chan Hwang | 2022 for €16.7M to Wolverhampton

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6 Matheus Cunha | 2020 for €18M to Hertha BSC

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5 Tyler Adams | 2022 for €20M to Leeds United

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4 Ibrahima Konaté | 2021 for €40m to Liverpool

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3 Dayot Upamecano | 2021 for €42M to Bayern Munich

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2 Timo Werner | 2020 for €53M to Chelsea

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