- Chelsea are once again in the market looking for a new forward and midifelder
- The Blues new manager Graham Potter is interested in bringing on board Lille forward Jonathan David
- Potter is also interested in Chelsea’s long-term target RB Leipzig winger Christopher Nkunku
Chelsea are busy on the look out for a new striker and a winger and have reportedly identified two major targets for the January transfer window, with strategies set to sign RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Lille’s Jonathan David.
Christopher Nkunku has been in impressive form over the past 18 months. The Frenchman netted 35 goals in 52 club appearances last season and was rewarded with his international debut for France in March this year. Having been equally as brilliant for Leipzig this season, the former Paris Saint-Germain attacker is set for a breakout World Cup campaign with the reigning champions later on next month in Qatar.
Lille forward David will also be at the FIFA World Cup, representing his native Canada in only their second qualification for the tournament, and the country’s first since 1986. With Lille, the 22-year-old has nine goals and two assists in 11 Ligue 1 games this season.
Chelsea’s interest in Nkunku has been well-established for months, while David is newly on their radar – with the new boss Graham Potter interested in the striker’s services, and both could be wearing blue by the end of January.
News emerged in recent weeks that Chelsea were able to conduct a preliminary medical on Nkunku in the recent transfer window, and despite Leipzig’s wishes to retain his services until the end of the season, The Mirror is reporting Chelsea are trying to get a deal done in January for a price in the range of £52million.
Meanwhile, Jeunesfooteux claims it will cost Chelsea at least £60m to tempt Lille into letting go of David, as the Canadian is still under contract until June 2025.
The Mirror’s report adds Chelsea are hoping to land Brighton and Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard – who head coach Graham Potter developed an affinity for during his time with the Seagulls. They could face competition from Atletico Madrid, however.
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According to The Evening Standard, highly desired Serie A talents from the tow Milan clubs Inter and AC Milan, Milan Skriniar of and Rafael Leao of Inter and AC Milan respectively appear likely to sign contract extensions with their respective clubs.
Sky Sports Germany claims Bayern Munich remain heavily interested in Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who will have 18 months remaining on his contract when the January transfer window arrives.
Napoli winger Hirving Lozano is likely to leave the club in January, according to Calciomercato, as his contract demands are said to be more than the Italian side are comfortable with.
The Guardian is reporting Manchester United are delaying their contract decisions for David de Gea and Marcus Rashford as Erik ten Hag wants to see more before potentially offering extensions.