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RB Leipzig agree personal terms with Openda to replace Chelsea-bound Nkunku

Lens striker Lois Openda has reportedly agreed a lucrative five-year contract with German giants RB Leipzig. 

According to Bild, negotiations between the parties have progressed, with both sides eager to finalise the deal.

Openda’s impressive performances for Lens have caught the attention of Leipzig, who are keen to bolster their attacking options. 

The Belgian international was Lens’ top scorer in his debut season, netting 21 goals.

His contributions have been instrumental in Lens’ commendable challenge against powerhouse Paris Saint-Germain for the Ligue 1 title. They finished just a solitary point behind the champions.

The 23-year-old striker has demonstrated prowess in front of goal over his short career. 

Before his move to Lens, Openda enjoyed a successful loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem. He bagged 24 goals and six assists in 50 games for the Eredivisie side.

He has continued to shine this term, netting 21 goals and four assists in 42 appearances.

Leipzig are edging closer to finalising a transfer fee of around €30 million with Lens. However, they face stiff competition from several Italian clubs.

AC Milan have him on their radar to replace the retiring Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Divock Origi could also leave this summer.

Replacing Christopher Nkunku

The impending arrival of Openda at Leipzig marks an exciting new chapter for the German club.

He is poised to fill the void left by Christopher Nkunku, who will depart for Chelsea after a successful four-year stint in Germany

Despite battling injuries throughout the season, Nkunku still contributed 23 goals and nine assists in 36 appearances.

He finished the season as the Bundesliga’s top scorer and will now take his talents to England.

Nkunku will be tasked with helping to revive the Blues after a poor season.

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