How Chelsea could line up with Christopher Nkunku

James Shearman Updated: 10 Nov 2022 19:34 GMT 3 min read
Christopher Nkunku, Chelsea

Chelsea are close to announcing the signing of Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku, who will officially become a Blues player at the end of the season.

That is according to Sport Bild, who report that a deal for Nkunku is all in place and just needs to be made official.

There had been reports in recent days that Chelsea’s move for Nkunku had been held up but Bild say this is not the case.

Nkunku was one of the most wanted men this past summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Newcastle, AC Milan and PSG all following the French attacker.

The 24-year-old ended up signing a new contract with Leipzig that tied him to the club until 2026.

However, that new contract only delayed the inevitable of Nkunku joining one of Europe's powerhouses.

How Chelsea could line up with Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea with Christopher Nkunku

Chelsea with Christopher Nkunku

Kepa Arrizabalaga's quality on the ball has given him the edge over Edouard Mendy in Potter's short tenure.

Wesley Fofana should occupy the right of the three central defenders, with Marc Cucurella on the left.

The Spaniard signed for Chelsea in a £62 million from Brighton this summer, having impressed under Potter last season as both a wing-back and a wide centre-back.

Thiago Silva will likely lose his place in the centre of defence, if he is kept on for another season.

Kalidou Koulibaly has been poor of late, but could benefit from having defenders either side of him.

The left wing-back would be Ben Chilwell, if he can stay fit. Having suffered an ACL injury last season, he is now out with a hamstring problem.

On the right, Reece James, who has developed into one of the world's best, will keep his place.

In midfield, Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho (who Chelsea are looking to extend) could be preferred for their technical ability, with N'Golo Kante set to be released at the end of the season.

Up front, new signing Christopher Nkunku may be forced to play in the centre, unless the Blues sign a top class centre-forward.

Raheem Sterling will take a place on the wing, hoping to provide the same attacking output as in his time at Manchester City.

Mason Mount will likely be preferred to Kai Havertz on the opposite flank due to the German’s unconvincing performances.