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Arsenal have been told what they must do to sign RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate – Dayot Upamecano's defensive pal.
The Gunners are one of several clubs that are interested in the 21-year-old, who has impressed at the back.
It will come as a surprise considering it was only in the summer when the north London outfit signed Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille.
And the Brazilian has been a hit since arriving in the transfer window.
But Mikel Arteta has plans on building up a partnership with another defender while Konate has earned rave reviews for his performances.
Some of the limelight has been shared with Upamecano, who has been attracting all the attention.
However, the youngster has more than enough ability to shine in his own right – and Arsenal agree.
But RB Leipzig have told the Gunners, and any other suitors, that they must fork out his release clause – report Bild.
That stands at £45m, which could be out of Arteta's price range.
In the summer, they had to try and sell players to bring others in but only managed to offload Emiliano Martinez.
That was enough to land Thomas Partey but did not leave the necessary funds to sign Lyon's Houssem Aouar.
Bild further report that Arsenal are not the only club interested in Konate, with several others linked.
Manchester United have been looking to sign a central defender but have more linked with his French countryman Upamecano.
Liverpool are a club in dire need of a centre-back after losing Virgil van Dijk and potentially Joe Gomez for the rest of the season.
Chelsea and Manchester City seem happy with their choices at the back, though the former could have one eye on the future with Thiago Silva aged 36.
If Arsenal do land Konate, it remains to be seen what happens to exciting prospect William Saliba.
The 19-year-old was loaned to Saint-Etienne last season and has been earmarked as one of the best talents coming out of France in recent years.
But he has yet to make an appearance for the Gunners and another loan away could be the best option in the short-term.
- Arsenal FC
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