Man City join European heavyweights in race for triple Ligue 1 winner


A report in Spain claims Manchester City are keen to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nkunku after his impressive display against the Citizens.

The 23-year-old scored a hat-trick as the Bundesliga outfit went down 6-3 to Pep Guardiola’s side in the Champions League. The Premier League side proved too good but the former France Under-21 ace shone for Die Roten Bullen. And it seems as though club officials have not forgotten as Fichajes are reporting that he is now on City’s radar.

Nkunku began his career with Paris Saint-Germain, spending four years in the youth team before promotion to the senior squad. He made 78 first-team appearances in all competitions, scoring 11 goals before moving to Germany.

The talented schemer penned a five-year deal with Leipzig in July 2019. He enjoyed 44 outings in all competitions during his first campaign and found the net on five occasions.

The three-time Ligue 1 winner then bagged seven from 40 appearances last term and has begun 2021-2022 in great form. He has netted six times from eight games to catch the eye of a number of top clubs.

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In addition to the Premier League champions, Bayern Munich are said to be interested. And PSG have also ben mentioned in connection with their former player.

The report does not mention if any of the clubs are looking to do a deal in the January transfer window. Most of the big deals are completed in the summer and Nkunku will not be cheap.

It is thought he is valued at around £40m as he still has three years left on his deal at Red Bull Arena.

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Nkunku an all-round star

Leipzig have made an indifferent start to their Bundesliga campaign, with seven points from six games. They sit in 10th spot in the German top-flight standings having won two games.

Jesse Marsch has replaced Julian Nagelsmann at the helm who jumped ship to manage Bayern Munich. He will want his best players to remain at the club as Leipzig try to at least match last season’s second-place finish.

Pep Guardiola Man City v RB Leipzig September 2021

Liverpool have also been linked with Nkunku, who provides assist as well as scoring goals. He has 24 in his career and two this season.

Fans of Arsenal will be familiar with his name as the Gunners have been linked for more than two years. They were said to have bid €20m in the summer of 2019 but lost out as he opted for a move to Germany.

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