Christopher Nkunku “has signed a pre-contract with Chelsea”

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REVEALED: Christopher Nkunku has signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea after the Leipzig star had a medical with the Blues last month… and Todd Boehly has pledged to pay his £53million release clause sterling

Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku has reportedly signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea after having a secret medical with the Blues last month.

The French midfielder has already emerged as Chelsea’s next transfer target despite a hefty £272million summer outlay that saw them bring in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Raheem Sterling and Wesley Fofana.

And while Nkunku is not expected to arrive until next summer, the Blues have agreed a deal for him to join Stamford Bridge, according to athleticismwith owner Todd Boehly happy to pay his full £53million release clause now to ensure they steal a march on their rivals.

Owner Todd Boehly is looking to steal a step from his rivals

Christopher Nkunku has reportedly signed a pre-contract deal with Chelsea as owner Todd Boehly (R) looks to steal a march on their rivals

The Frenchman managed 55 goals in just 52 games in all competitions last season

The Frenchman managed 55 goals in just 52 games in all competitions last season

Last week sports mail revealed that Nkunku underwent medical tests in Frankfurt in September ahead of a possible move to Chelsea alongside a Blues orthopaedist.

And as the Blues seek to fast-track the deal – which they hope to have in place for next season – they now have an agreement with the player, with the report claiming they overcame a challenge from their English rivals by acting quickly .

The 24-year-old enjoyed a superb campaign last season as he scored 35 goals and set up a further 20 in 52 appearances in all competitions during a sensational tenure for RB Leipzig en route to being named player of the year in the Bundesliga.

His form has seen him rewarded with a further two-year extension which keeps him at Leipzig until 2026 – but crucially it includes a £52.8million release clause, which Chelsea have now pounced on.

The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in Leipzig's 6-3 Champions League loss to Man City last year

The 24-year-old scored a hat-trick in Leipzig’s 6-3 Champions League loss to Man City last year

The eight-capped French star has continued his impressive performances this season – scoring six goals and setting up another in 11 games so far.

Should Chelsea confirm their deal for Nkunku, he would continue his lavish spending under Boehly since he completed a £4.2billion takeover of the Blues this year.

He brought in Marc Cucurella, Kalidou Koulibaly, as well as Fofana, Aubameyang and Sterling to make a real statement of his intentions.

He also sounded the changes in the boardroom – ousting manager Marina Granovskaia and longtime chairman Bruce Buck, with the American chief now seeking a new sporting director who can help him land the biggest deals.

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