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Arsenal Reportedly Willing To Meet Christopher Nkunku's Huge Asking Price

Ryan Sidle

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Arsenal Reportedly Willing To Meet Christopher Nkunku's Huge Asking Price

Christopher Nkunku has a huge asking price from RB Leipzig, but Arsenal are the surprise team who could be willing to meet it.

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Nkunku had a huge breakout season for Leipzig during their Bundesliga, Champions League and Europa League campaigns, scoring 35 times in the season.

He netted seven in their Champions League group, including a hat-trick away to Manchester City, but it wasn't enough to help his side qualify, as they dropped down into the Europa League where they were stopped by Rangers in the semi finals.

That's led to some of Europe's biggest clubs being linked with a move for the Frenchman, as well as his first six caps for his country, with PSG and Manchester United amongst his suitors.

However, according to the Independent, United are set to be outpriced by the demands Leipzig have put on the player, by sticking a £100 million price tag on him.

The report claims that PSG would be willing to meet the valuation and, much more surprisingly, so would Arsenal, which would blow their current most expensive signing away.

Nkunku has been extremely impressive for Leipzig. Image: Alamy
Nkunku has been extremely impressive for Leipzig. Image: Alamy

At the moment, the most the Gunners have spent on a signing is the £72 million they spent on Nicolas Pepe in 2019, a move that hasn't exactly worked out well

The chances of signing Nkuku seems slim, even if they are willing to pay the money, with the 24-year-old now expected to sign a new deal at Leipzig.

Any new contract for him is likely to include a release clause, which will make a move in the future easier to do, though it's still unlikely to be cheap.

Arsenal are favourites to sign Gabriel Jesus. Image: Alamy
Arsenal are favourites to sign Gabriel Jesus. Image: Alamy

Arsenal are in serious need of a striker, having let Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both leaving in the past six months.

They did sign Eddie Nketiah to a new deal, when the threat of him also leaving for free hung over them, but they're still expected to add a forward.

With Nkuku likely to stay at Leipzig, Gabriel Jesus seems the most likely player to sign, with the Manchester City attacker wanting more first team football

The Brazilian would be first choice at the Emirates Stadium, whilst at City he has fallen further down the pecking order with the signing of Erling Haaland.

Nunez was also too expensive for United. Image: Alamy
Nunez was also too expensive for United. Image: Alamy

United are priced out of the deal due to the fact that Erik ten Hag's budget is said to be just £120 million, unless they can sell players as well.

Obviously laying out £100 million on one player would not be ideal, especially with a midfielder being the club's priority, as they try and sign Frenkie de Jong.

The 'lack' of funds is also one of the reasons that they decided against trying to outbid Liverpool for Darwin Nunez, with United only valuing the Uruguayan around £20 million less than their rivals ended up costing.

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Manchester United, Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Christopher Nkunku, Bundesliga, Premier League, Transfers

Ryan Sidle
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