The defensive department of the Manchester United squad needs quality additions this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Manchester United are targeting RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
The 21-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The France international joined Leipzig from Sochaux on a free transfer in July 2017. His contract expires in the summer of 2023.
The 21-year-old has long been touted as one of France’s most promising young talents.
Konate has represented France at Under-16, Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 32 caps and scoring one goal.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Manchester United.
The Premier League ginats are looking to sign a centre-back and have identified the 21-year-old as potential transfer target.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe. The Manchester United manager has kept an eye on Konate for the last 12 months and he is impressed with the centre-back’s performances. He is a known admirer of the player and is reportedly keen on the idea of bringing him this summer.
United are desperate to make an impact in the summer transfer window.
The RB Leipzig centre-back heavily relies on his ability to read the game. It is coupled with his sensible tackling and an excellent sense of positioning, allowing him to repel most of the danger in the defensive third.
According to the report,”RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has reportedly been put right at the top of Manchester United’s transfer wish-list this summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking a new defender to take his side to the next level and help ensure they can push for the title. They were keen on his Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano. However, it seems he is destined for Bayern Munich as they prepare for a double exit themselves. And just like Upamecano, Konate has a release clause himself which kicks in this summer. However, the price needed to prise the 21-year-old away from Leipzig stands at just €30m.”
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If United can agree on a fee with RB Leipzig, the deal should be easy to complete.
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Ibrahima Konate is still quite young and he will only get better with experience.
Signing the 21-year-old in the summer transfer window would be a masterstroke from Solskjær.
Stylistically, he would be a great fit in Manchester.
Manchester United fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see whether Manchester United will make their move during the summer transfer window.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.