Chelsea and Man Utd eyeing move for Bundesliga valued at £39m

By | February 23, 2021

Manchester United will reportedly have to fend off interest from their Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea to secure the services of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate.

Having failed to bring in a new defender in the past two transfer windows, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will supposedly prioritise that position this summer.

The 20-times English champions were linked with a move for Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano before the Frenchman agreed a move to Bayern Munich, while Sevilla’s Jules Kounde has been on the shortlist of Solskjaer.

Man United have been credited with an interest in Konate, but according to Bild, Chelsea and Liverpool are also in the race as they are planning to strengthen their backline especially the injury crisis they face this season.

All three Premier League powerhouses were rumoured with a move for Upamecano, and the report suggests that Konate is the Red Devils next defensive target after they missed out on his compatriot.

The 21-year-old is under deal at Leipzig until the end of the 2022-23 season, however, he is believed to possess a €45m (£39m) release clause in his deal, which becomes active this summer.