Chelsea Contemplating Reinforcements in Transfer Window Following Nkunku Injury
On Friday, Mauricio Pochettino expressed his concern that Chelsea may need to dip back into the transfer market following Christopher Nkunku’s knee surgery. The 25-year-old French international joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig for a reported fee of £63 million in June. However, after sustaining an injury during a pre-season friendly against Borussia Dortmund, Nkunku will now be out of action for a significant period of time.
Nkunku had previously missed the last World Cup due to a left knee problem. In an attempt to improve their attacking prowess under Pochettino, Chelsea brought in Nkunku and Niclolas Jackson as new signings. Last season, the team only managed to score a total of 38 goals.
With Romelu Lukaku looking to return to Italy after a loan spell with Inter Milan, Armando Broja recovering from an injury, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang having left the club, Jackson is the sole recognized striker available for Chelsea’s Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday.
Pochettino expressed his regret over Nkunku’s injury, acknowledging his importance to the team and his versatility. The manager emphasized the need to stay positive and work on finding a solution in the transfer market to fill the offensive void left by Nkunku.
While Liverpool has reached an agreement for the transfer of Moises Caicedo from Brighton, Pochettino declined to comment on Chelsea’s potential interest in the midfielder. Both Chelsea and Liverpool are seeking to rebuild their squads after disappointing campaigns last season. However, Pochettino believes his task is more challenging than Klopp’s due to his recent arrival at Chelsea.
Despite being in a transitional phase, Pochettino emphasized the club’s ambition to win and the importance of having a winning mentality. He stated that Chelsea cannot use the excuse of being in transition and must be prepared to compete and be strong.