Christopher Nkunku had completed a secret medical check-up for Chelsea during the last transfer phase. The Blues could buy him from RB Leipzig next summer.
For Leipzig, extending Christopher Nkunku's contract was an important step in order to keep him in their own ranks, at least for the current season. Without them, a departure in the past transfer summer could hardly have been avoided.
RBL secured the attacking player's whereabouts to help achieve ever-increasing goals. Nkunku was rewarded with a pay rise and a release clause in the new contract, allowing him to switch clubs relatively easily.
And this farewell already seems to be taking shape. As the picture learned, Nkunku completed a secret medical check-up at the end of August – for Chelsea.
The interest of the club from London, then coached by Thomas Tuchel, in the 24-year-old is great. The Blues are by no means alone, not even at the top of Europe. But they have already been able to set an example with this study.
Nobody knew about it at the time because the medical check didn't even take place in England. Instead, according to the report, there was the check in Frankfurt. A local doctor carried out the examination for Chelsea, while an orthopedist from the club was present.
The goal of avoiding the expected big stir due to this action was successful. Better for Leipzig and Nkunku: He didn't have to fly to England between matchdays either.
However, it was not about a change in the transfer period that was still open at the time. Rather, it is to be seen as a kind of preparatory work for next summer. Then Chelsea want to get serious and sign the Frenchman for the stipulated 60 million euros. This is the sum that RBL and Nkunku agreed on in terms of the contract extension.
Although a medical check that is so far ahead is not exactly commonplace in the football business, it is not all that unusual either. The Bundesliga club itself has already experienced this practice through the sale of Naby Keita.
With regard to the next season, it can hardly be assumed that Chelsea's interest has expired only because of Tuchel's departure. Then the Londoners will do their best to reach an agreement with Nkunku. In winter, however, there will be no change, Leipzig would not allow that.
This article was originally posted on 90min.com as a report: Nkunku already completed medical for Chelsea! released.