‘Time to sign contracts’ – Chelsea strike £52million deal for Christopher Nkunku with Fabrizio Romano confirming deal for 17-goal RB Leipzig star will

Chelsea are closing in on the signing of Christopher Nkunku ahead of next summer’s transfer window. The Blues are looking to bolster their attacking line as they aim to kick on under the ownership of Todd Boehly, with Nkunku seen as the perfect addition. Nkunku is set to join Chelsea on a long-term deal next summerGetty The Blues have agreed a £52million deal with RB Leipzig for the prolific forward, who missed the World Cup through injuryAFP That deal has moved a step closer with journalist Fabrizio Romano revealing Chelsea have agreed a fee with RB Leipzig for the player. The fee attached to the deal is more than £52million with the structure of the transfer also agreed to ensure that payments are easier to make. Romano reports that Nkunku has already completed a medical and will sign a long-term contract that will begin in June 2023. It’s been an impressive season for the 25-year-old, having scored 17 goals in 23 appearances for RB Leipzig this term. Unfortunately for Nkunku, the forward missed out on a spot in France’s World Cup squad as a result of an ankle ligament injury picked up just days before the competition got underway. As a result, the Bundesliga player of the year is set to be out until the New Year at the earliest and may even require surgery on the injury. The forward has been banging them in for RB Leipzig and has 17 goals already this termGetty Most read in Football road England's possible route to Qatar 2022 World Cup final with dates and times confirmed unhappy World Cup chief slams Klinsmann comments as 'racist' before Lineker denies claims change Morocco goalkeeper mysteriously swapped before kick-off despite appearing for anthem ugly Russian cup match between Zenit and Spartak sees six red cards and punches in brawl controversy Klinsmann told to resign from FIFA role after 'disgraceful' Iran comments DISPLAY Fans hold pictures of Ozil while covering mouths during Germany World Cup match