Date: 3rd October 2022 at 11:58am
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Chelsea returned to winning ways on Saturday by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 in a dramatic game at Selhurst Park. 

The Eagles had taken an early lead through Odsonne Edouard, and felt that they should have had a numerical advantage as Thiago Silva appeared to handle the ball in an effort to prevent Jordan Ayew from running through on goal.

VAR checked the incident, though, and the Brazilian was given a yellow card as opposed to a red, much to the frustration of the hosts.

Shortly after, the 38-year-old set up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to level things up, and in the final minute of the game former Palace loanee Conor Gallagher’s screamer secured all three points for The Blues.

Graham Potter’s side have now won back-to-back Premier League matches and sit fifth in the table, just a point from the Champions League places.

Off the pitch, it appears that Chelsea are already looking ahead to next season and have been working to add to their squad.

Over the weekend, it was rumoured that RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku had undergone a medical ahead of a proposed move to Stamford Bridge next term.

Nkunku has reportedly passed a medical with Chelsea

Now, Fabrizio Romano has claimed that those involved in the deal were planning to keep it a secret.

The journalist took to Twitter to reveal that, while the medical actually took place a few weeks ago, a deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs and Chelsea were therefore intent on keeping it a secret.

Romano claims that Chelsea are set for talks with their German counterparts in an attempt to reach an agreement for Nkunku, but if not they will consider activating his release clause, which is believed to be around £52 million.

Nkunku, 24, has been in sensational form since the start of last season, scoring 35 times and providing 20 assists in 52 matches last term, and adding eight goals to his tally this season.

The Frenchman averaged just over a goal or assist-per-game last season in the Bundesliga, scoring 20 goals and providing 15 assists in 34 league games.

The former Paris Saint-Germain man was also handed his France debut in March this year, and has featured in all eight of Les Bleus’ matches since, registering assists against both Denmark and Austria.

The player’s current contract with the German club isn’t set to expire until 2026, however Leipzig may opt to cash in on the player while he is in such good form.

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