Chelsea FC Desperately want signature of first Graham Potter signing ‘before World Cup’ to avoid hijack

Chelsea want to secure the signature of Christopher Nkunku in writing before the World Cup to avoid any possibility of a late hijack, according to reports in Germany. The Blues are believed to be close to sealing the signing of the highly-rated RB Leipzig attacker, who has already undergone a discreet medical with Chelsea in Frankfurt ahead of a potential transfer that would be completed in the summer of 2023.

Chelsea have moved quickly to try and tie up any loose ends regarding the deal with some outlets already claiming that Nkunku has signed a pre-contract agreement.

However, BILD in Germany claim the France international is still yet to sign a long-term contract at Stamford Bridge, therefore Chelsea are eager to complete all the final remaining formalities before the World Cup gets underway.

Nkunku is a shoo-in for Didier Deschamps’ Les Blues squad as the 2018 world champions look to defend their trophy in Qatar. He could even be in line to start following impressive form at club level.

A fee is also yet to have been agreed between Chelsea and RB Leipzig, however, the Blues are believed to be ready to trigger the player’s £52million release clause.

He told reporters: “We can spend all day asking these questions, but I’m not going to speak about anyone else. All the while they are not our players, I don’t speak about them.”

Chelsea were the biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer, splashing a whopping £278.4m on a number of high-profile new arrivals.

Thomas Tuchel was the mastermind behind their recruitment drive before he was later dismissed just a matter of days after the transfer window closed.

Now Potter is keen to put his own stamp on his squad as he continues to assess the players he has at hand at Stamford Bridge.

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