Chelsea can replicate Christopher Nkunku transfer success with record-breaking top striker deal

Chelsea can replicate Nkunku transfer success with record-breaking striker deal

Chelsea may be able to strike a repeat of their Christopher Nkunku deal which would see them once again break a transfer record. Last January, the Blues signed Enzo Fernandez from Benfica for £106million before he was given a midfield partner just six months in Moises Caicedo who was acquired for £115million.

The signing of that duo helped take spending under Todd Boehly over the £1billion mark and the total fee to sign a new striker would undoubtedly be the most the club have ever payed for an attacker – and could even surpass the fees paid for Fernandez and Caicedo. Brentford’s Ivan Toney is one option for the January transfer window, but with the Bees adamant they do not want to sell mid-season, are demanding £100million.

Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is the alternative choice for Mauricio Pochettino with the Chelsea boss wanting him as the priority. The Blues also know exactly how much they would have to pay after the Nigeria international signed a new contract in Naples that included a €130million (£112million) release clause, as per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

With the January window now open, transfer talk surrounding Chelsea has increased which has seen updates come to light on the likes of Jean-Clair Todibo, Ousmane Diomande and Osimhen. Journalist Ben Jacobs, via Simon Phillips’ Substack, has reported that it would be possible for Chelsea to sign the 25-year-old on a pre-contract agreement ahead of the summer, just as they did with Nkunku.

In December 2022, it was widely reported the Blues had reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the transfer of Nkunku to arrive the following summer. Boehly striking a similar deal here would be huge for Chelsea and potentially allow the focus in January to be on signing a new defender.

Diomande and Todibo are the two options that have been strongly linked with a Stamford Bridge switch. Diomande has impressed for Sporting CP this season and as a result also has some interest from London rivals Arsenal, meanwhile Todibo is also a target for Tottenham.

football.london understands Spurs have opened talks with Todibo over a January transfer from Nice. However, the Lilywhites now appear to be focusing on Genoa’s Radu Dragusin with the aim of sealing the transfer as soon as possible.

Regarding Chelsea and Todibo, contact was made over a potential move however Nice are reluctant to sell, according to French journalist Santi Aouna.

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