Unai Emery favourite slips the net and signs €15m Leipzig deal

Date published: Thursday 18th July 2019 10:17

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Christopher Nkunku has joined RB Leipzig on a permanent transfer for €15million.

Nkunku, 21, who was understood to be a target for Arsenal boss Unai Emery, has signed  a five-year contract through to 2024.

The player, who came through the ranks in Paris, was a target for the Gunners in the winter transfer window, but a deal never materialised with his agent claiming the deal was “complicated” but confirmed there was real interest from Arsenal.

Emery is still believed to be an admirer of midfield enforcer having brought the player through the youth ranks while he was in charge of the PSG between 2016 and 2018.

The Evening Standard claimed that Arsenal would submit a £17.2million transfer bid for Nkunku this summer after missing out on him in January.

An offer never materialised though and Leipzig made their move earlier this month before confirming the deal on Thursday.

 

Sporting director Markus Krosche told Leipzing’s official website: “Christopher Nkunku’s skill set fits very well with our profile.

“He is a dynamic and versatile attacking player and thus increases the variability in our game.

“We are delighted that this highly talented player has chosen our club and we believe he will help us with his qualities.”

PSG wrote on their website: “The club wishes Christopher all the best for the rest of his professional career.”

Nkunku, who made 78 appearances for PSG, said: “I’m really happy to be wearing the RB Leipzig jersey now.

“I have heard a lot about the club and am convinced that the way football played here suits me very well.

“I already know some of my new team-mates – I’ve already played with Jean-Kevin Augustin in Paris, with Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele in the French U21 national team.

“Therefore, I am optimistic that I can settle here quickly.”

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