Liverpool are refusing to go down without a fight in the race to sign Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.
The Reds’ Premier League rivals Chelsea appear to be the heavy favourites to sign the 24-year-old from the Bundesliga club right now. The player has reportedly undergone a medical with Graham Potter’s side and reached an ‘agreement in principle‘ to join in 2023.
Significantly, interested parties are able to trigger a €60m (£52.7m) release clause in the attacker’s contract.
RMC Sport journalist Fabrice Hawkins says that ‘Liverpool are there too’ in the battle for Nkunku, suggesting that the Anfield club may also be willing to pay the Frenchman’s buyout clause.
All of Europe’s top clubs should be queuing up to sign Nkunku at that price.
He put up some staggering numbers in the 2021/22 season, scoring 35 goals and providing 20 assists in 52 appearances in all competitions, and he has also started this season in strong form with six goals in his first 11 matches.
The eight-cap France international also offers immense versatility, able to operate as a midfielder, second striker, centre-forward or wide player. He is the reigning Bundesliga Player of the Season and also made the UEFA Europa League’s Best XI in 2021/22.
Liverpool centre-back Ibrahima Konate, who is ‘close‘ with Nkunku from their time together at Leipzig, has billed him the best player in the division, while another former team-mate Tyler Adams has called him ‘special‘.
FSG and Julian Ward should do all that they can to hijack any deal from Chelsea by stumping up the funds for the release clause and trying to win over the player.
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