MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea have had their summer transfer plans hit hard after Christopher Nkunku agreed a contract extension with RB Leipzig.
24-year-old Nkunku was one of the most effective attackers in European football last season, scoring 35 goals and 19 assists in 50 appearances.
That strong form has linked him with an £80million move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Man United, Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain all reportedly interested in a transfer.
However, those plans now appear to be going down the drain after RB Leipzig announced a two-year contract extension until 2026.
In the statement on the club’s website, Nkunku said: “I’m happy to continue wearing the RB Leipzig shirt.
“After our great win of the DFB Cup, I knew that my story didn’t end here. I was really impressed with the club’s efforts to keep me.
“RB Leipzig has made a name for itself internationally in recent years and has repeatedly shown that we can compete for titles.
“We want to build on that and go one step further.”
Leipzig’s technical director Christopher Vivell added: “We are proud and happy to be able to keep one of the best players in the world at the moment.
“There are few players who can match Christo’s speed, flair and mentality and he has also become a regular in the France national team.
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“We want to continue writing this success story together.”
Nkunku previously described the interest in him as “flattering” but seems to be sticking around for at least another window now.
Both Man United and Chelsea have faced a difficult window compared to their rivals so far.
United’s efforts to sign players for new manager Erik ten Hag under new CEO Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough have repeatedly set them back.
Deals for Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong and Christian Eriksen remain in the pipeline, while a deal for Ajax defender Jurrien Timber fell through after Louis van Gaal warned him he would lose his place in the Netherlands national team.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s new owner Todd Boehly has taken on the role of director of football at the club after transfer guru Marina Granovskaia left alongside chairman Bruce Buck earlier this week.
However, both teams had marginally more success moving players.
Chelsea flop Romelu Lukaku, who also played for The Red Devils for two years, is set to return to Inter Milan for £7m this season, a year after The Blues spent almost £100m to sign him.
Man United have allowed a number of players including Paul Pogba to be sacked on a free transfer and versatile full-back Brandon Williams is also allowed to leave for just £10m.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5623325/nkunku-man-utd-chelsea-transfer-blow/ Man Utd and Chelsea transfer backfires as Christopher Nkunku signs new two-year deal at RB Leipzig