In the 2019 January transfer window, Arsenal reportedly came close to signing Christopher Nkunku on a loan deal from Paris Saint-Germain.
However, the Gunners ended their pursuit of the French attacker and ended up completing the signing of Denis Suarez on a loan deal instead.
A few months later, Nkunku completed a permanent move from PSG to RB Leipzig for just over £11million – and ever since the France international has come on leaps and bounds.
The 24-year-old, who is now valued at £49.5million on Transfermarkt, has been in sensational form for Leipzig this season.
In 31 matches in all competitions for the Germans, Nkunku has a superb 31 direct goal contributions – meaning he is scoring or assisting, on average, once in every match.
A club’s interest in a player rarely disappears overnight – especially in Nkunku’s case, where he has kept progressing since 2019 – meaning Arsenal could still be keeping an eye on the Leipzig attacker.
However, the Gunners may have now suffered a blow in that respect, with one of their Premier League rivals – Manchester United – said to be interested in Nkunku.
According to ESPN, Man United interim boss Ralf Rangnick, who has a contract at Old Trafford until the end of the season where he will then move into a more senior position at the club, is urging his employers to step up their interest in the Frenchman.
Nkunku’s form has been sensational for some time now for Leipzig – and his former manager Jesse Marsch, when speaking last year, said the Frenchman had “no weaknesses” to his game.”
We have spoken to Christopher a lot about playing on the counter, and also what he needs to do to play as a striker, a number 10 and on both wings,” Marsch was quoted by the club website.”Christopher has no weaknesses.
He is young and still wants a lot more.
It’s always a good thing when a young player listens to the things we say and also wants to implement them.”
Working with him is a lot of fun as he is really intelligent and has a lot of potential.”