Chelsea signed French striker Christopher Nkunku from Leipzig on a six-year contract on Tuesday.
The London club spent around $630 million last season and has kicked off its latest signing campaign with the deal for highly valued Nkunku. His contract begins July 1.
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«A lot of effort was put into bringing me to the club and I’m looking forward to meeting my new manager and teammates and showing the Chelsea fans what I can do on the pitch,» said the 25-year-old Nkunku.
Chelsea endured a miserable first year under new owners Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital. He recorded his lowest point total in the Premier League and missed out on qualifying for Europe.
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Managers Thomas Tuchel and Graham Potter were dropped and club icon Frank Lampard returned in an interim role to finish the season. Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed and charged with the responsibility of turning Chelsea’s fortunes around.
Nkunku is expected to kick off another busy summer at Stamford Bridge.
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«Christopher has proven to be one of the most outstanding attacking players in European football over the past two seasons and will add quality, creativity and versatility to our team,» Chelsea sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley said in a statement.
Nkunku has won 10 caps for France and played for Paris Saint-Germain before joining Leipzig in 2019.