Arsenal revive interest in former Unai Emery transfer target Christopher Nkunku

Arsenal transfer target Christopher Nkunku looks on ahead of Leipzig's Champions League clash with PSG
Christopher Nkunku is firmly on Arsenal’s radar (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal are reportedly plotting a bid to sign Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku after missing out on the midfielder in 2019.

Nkunku, 22, has quickly settled into life in Germany since his £12million switch from Paris Saint-Germain to Leipzig ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, racking up six goals and 19 assists in his opening 55 league games.

But Nkunku is attracting interest from all corners of Europe with his outstanding performances in the Bundesliga and could soon be on the move again, with Lyon and a host of Premier League sides keeping close tabs on the Frenchman’s performances.

Nkunku celebrates scoring for Leipzig against PSG in the Champions League
The midfielder is attracting interest from a number of England teams (Picture: Getty)

According to German publication SportBILD, the prospect of landing Nkunku is ‘exciting’ several English teams, including Arsenal, who are ‘dealing’ with the former PSG star.

However, the report claims Leipzig are in no rush to part with Nkunku and have set a hefty asking price of €40m (£35m) for their prized possession, who is tied into a contract until 2024.

Unai Emery and Christopher Nkunku chat during PSG's clash with Lille
Emery tried to bring Nkunku to Arsenal after working with the Frenchman at PSG (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal were priced out of a loan deal for Nkunku back in January 2019, when Unai Emery was on the hunt for midfield reinforcements.

Emery knew Nkunku well from their time together at PSG and Arsenal returned with another move for the youngster in the following transfer window, only to be beaten to the signing by Leipzig.

New head coach Mikel Arteta has made it clear he’s looking to strengthen in the middle of the park and is known to be an admirer of Nkunku – but it appears Houssem Aouar remains the club’s priority target.

Arsenal’s pursuit of the Lyon playmaker ended in failure this summer and the club are expected to revive their interest at the end of the season once Mesut Ozil’s wages are off the books.

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