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Christopher Nkunku fires Leipzig to cup glory before Chelsea move with Manuel Ugarte to join him


Jun 3, 2023
Christopher Nkunku fires Leipzig to cup glory before Chelsea move with Manuel Ugarte to join him

Despite a season from hell, Chelsea fans may be breathing easy thanks to developments in Germany and Portugal.

On top of developments in their pursuit of Manuel Ugarte, one player who’s already on his way, Christopher Nkunku, stole the headlines.


Nkunku’s goal was decisiveCredit: AFP
It was the perfect goodbye


It was the perfect goodbyeCredit: Getty
Ugarte looks set to join him in London


Ugarte looks set to join him in LondonCredit: Getty

The French forward, who agreed to join Chelsea long ago, scored the opener for Leipzig in a DFB Pokal final win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

A mazy 71st minute run saw him beat three defenders before sending a deflected shot into the net to make the game 1-0.

Newcastle target Dominik Szoboszlai added another 14 minutes later, making it back-to-back cup wins for the east German side.

Chelsea fans will have been delighted to see more magic from the 25-year-old, as they dream of him ending their goalscoring woes next season.

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The opener saw Nkunku end the season with 23 goals in 35 games in all competitions, a steady return after 35 goals last season.

While the Frenchman was getting to work, news emerged that Chelsea are ‘very confident’ of closing a deal for Uruguayan defensive midfielder Ugarte.

Fabrizio Romano reports that final details are now being sorted, with a contract expected to be signed next week.

Like Nkunku, Ugarte will be a huge boost for new manager Mauricio Pochettino, as a number of midfielders are expected to leave the club this summer.

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