The world’s big teams want Nkunku. The Frenchman exploded with RB Leipzig in the Champions League and Bundesliga and is now wanted by Manchester United and PSG, the team that let him go when he was being trained as a footballer – Playon99 News
By Facundo Di Bona (@facudibona).
In the Red Bull factory, there is always an outsider who takes flight under the energetic umbrella. Whether in Salzburg or Leipzig, Mané, Haaland, Daka, Werner, and Co. are examples enough that goalscoring is a subject taught there.
The latest to come out of his shell is Christopher Nkunku: a midfielder raised at Paris Saint-Germain’s Camp des Loges who, like so many others, had to seek brilliance outside the French capital.
Man United and Arsenal have reportedly been told they'll need to pay £62.5m for RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku pic.twitter.com/KLT1P1MJQY
— The Sun Football ⚽ (@TheSunFootball) February 23, 2022
The player was born 24 years ago in Lagny-Sur-Marne, a town of just over 20,000 inhabitants that Paul Pogba also put on the map.
Nkunku is having a sensational season, with numbers that have seen him kick down the door to the elite. The new leader of RB Leipzig, his 22 goals and 13 assists and his phenomenal performance in the Champions League, where before being eliminated he had time to score 7 goals in 6 games, has put him on several radars of renown.
Christopher Nkunku in all competitions this season:
? 33 Appearances
⚽️ 22 Goals
?️ 13 Assists
⚖️ 1.06 G/A per game
The MOST underrated player in Europe. ?? pic.twitter.com/eLVqpAxxm1
— StatmanJames (@JamesStatman) February 21, 2022
PSG themselves seem keen to make amends, while Manchester United, clinging to the influence of Ralf Rangnick – they recruited him in 2019 for €13 million – would also be delighted to add him to their cause.
Both destinations are noted by Bild, which adds, in addition, the tag that has been put on him from the club coached by Domenico Tedesco: €75 million.
The price seems to put him on a pedestal and make him a difficult candy for clubs to acquire, although it is not so far from several unusual acquisitions that have been made in the Premier League.
Is there a more devastating player in transition than Christopher Nkunku right now?
Good variety movement wise, uses a range of techniques to create space/stretch play. Makes lots of blindside runs & uses double/triple movements. pic.twitter.com/LdHPewzzzC
— Slytherins Basilisk (@SnakeFpl) February 22, 2022
For the monetary reason, Manchester United seems to have backed down on their manager’s desire, although it is understandable after what they shelled out for Jadon Sancho and the 25% growth in wages.
Thus, Nkunku will not find it easy to pack his bags. Something he did not rule out in an interview with L’Équipe recently:
“At the end of the season, I will sit down with the club, my agent, and my relatives to make a decision. I’m not closing any doors”
His evolution is clear and he is proving that his special bond with Europe’s top competition was not fleeting. The first time he has had the chance in the Europa League, he converted: against Real Sociedad, he equalized at the start of the match that ended with a 2-2 draw.
Most goals in Champions League & Europa League this season:
? Sebastien Haller
9️⃣ Robert Lewandowski
8️⃣ Christopher Nkunku ⬆ pic.twitter.com/gtyr4hbvGW
— GOAL (@goal) February 17, 2022
In the Bundesliga, he has already scored 13 goals, 6 of them in the last 6 matchdays. He has played a key role in his team’s domestic rise from tenth place in January to fourth place, having beaten Hertha in Berlin (1-6) with a brace from the playmaker.
Under new RB Leipzig coach Tedesco, he is playing closer to the box every day and, although he denies it, is using the team as a springboard.
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