Man Utd have received a timely boost in their quest to sign Christopher Nkunku, although reports differ as to how much a deal will cost.
The 24-year-old French striker has been nothing short of sensational this season. The RB Leipzig ace had never surpassed double figures for goals in all competitions before this season. Before tonight’s Europa League clash with Rangers, his tally this year is 31.
Nkunku has scored goals in every competition he has played in and his power in front of goal has earned him his first two caps for France in 2022.
Unsurprisingly, his remarkable rise has not gone unnoticed, with Man Utd in the main act chasing his signature.
The Red Devils are about to lose several forwards this summer as free agents. Edinson Cavani, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata will leave for nothing. In addition, doubts remain about whether Mason Greenwood will play for the club again.
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However, Nkunku’s arrival could be, in some ways, a better use of United’s money if Ronaldo is retained. While a new striker would share minutes with Ronaldo, Nkunku can – and has – played literally everywhere in the final third of this season.
Now, a report from the German media image has shed light on what the future holds for Nkunku.
Nkunku wants to leave Leipzig
Summarized by Sport WitnessUnited has allegedly ‘spoke’ to Leipzig about a move. While it is acknowledged that no offer has yet been made from any potential suitors, it is considered “only a matter of time”. before that changes.
Ralf Rangnick’s connections with the Red Bull organization could still come in handy for United. Ultimately though, a move would have to get the go-ahead from Erik ten Hag first. And if he gives the green light for a raid, the report details a huge advantage for the club.
From the end of the player, nkunku It is said that he now wants to leave Leipzig this summer.
The German side is understandably ready to resist any approach. It is noted that they want to present a new contract that would more than double their salary from 3 million euros per year to 8 million euros.
However, an offer of around €75m (£64m) would be enough to give Leipzig bosses pause. Given the financial model they operate under, a trade in that range would be hard to turn down.
However, according to the French media L’Equipe – which also confirm United’s interest – even the higher figure of €85m (£72.4m) might not be enough to seal a deal.
that claim is quoted by the Liverpool Echo who list Nkunku’s suitors as Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and, of course, Liverpool.
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Nkunku’s versatility would ensure he is a signing that Ten Hag could use, regardless of what happens to the rest of United’s strikers.
You can count striker, number 10, left winger, right winger and attacking midfielder among the positions he has held at Leipzig this year.
It’s open to debate whether his new goalscoring ability is sustainable. The jump from a previous high of seven goals in a season to 31 and counting is marked. However, the 20 assists he has provided this season show that he is more than just a finisher.
Jadon Sancho’s struggles could give United pause for thought. He also put up eye-catching numbers in Germany, although he has struggled since he arrived in Manchester.
But Sancho must be judged in the long term, not in one season. A triumvirate of Sancho, Bruno Fernandes and Nkunku operating behind Cristiano Ronaldo certainly looks potent on paper.