Manchester United ‘to compete with bitter rivals Liverpool for Ibrahima Konate’ as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considers £33m RB Leipzig defender to replace ‘frustrated’ Eric Bailly
- Liverpool have been in pole position to land Ibrahima Konate in the summer
- The defender has a £33million release clause at Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig
- But Manchester United could look to swoop to hijack the deal to bolster defence
- Eric Bailly has reportedly grown frustrated with his lack of first-team chances
Manchester United are reportedly considering whether to hijack Liverpool’s bid to land RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate in the summer.
Konate has been a target for Jurgen Klopp for some time, with the Reds hoping to land the France Under 21 defender in the next transfer window for around £33million.
But according to Eurosport they may have to fight off Manchester United for his services with their bitter rivals now having the highly rated centre back ‘on their radar’.
Manchester United could up their interest for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate (left)
The France Under 21 star has a release clause at the German club worth £33million
Although United have previously shown interest in Konate, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may now take his interest further as he considers freshening up his back four.
The report claims that while many inside Old Trafford consider Bailly to be part of United’s strongest defensive pairing along with Harry Maguire, Solskjaer has tended to prefer Victor Lindelof alongside the England international.
Bailly has just one year left on his deal, and although the club are keen to extend that, he is growing ‘frustrated’ at his lack of first-team chances, with Inter Milan now monitoring the situation.
He could be used to replace Eric Bailly at United who has grown ‘frustrated’ at Old Trafford
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen to bolster his defensive ranks this summer
United are also considering other options in the transfer market including Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde but Konate could be their ideal choice this summer.
Liverpool have been long-term admirers of the 21-year-old, and have been favourites to land him in recent weeks, eager to get a move completed before the transfer window opens.
Jurgen Klopp has been dealing with a crisis at the back all season, with injuries to both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
With Leipzig not in a position of having to sell, any buyer will have to pay Konate’s release clause of £33m (€40m), rather than trying to negotiate a lower asking price.
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