Manchester United “makes RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate their number one summer goal in defense” as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prioritizes signing a center-back – but they will face competition from Liverpool and Chelsea for him
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to sign a central defender this summer
- RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano had been an important target due to its £ 38 million clause
- However, United have turned to teammate Ibrahima Konate
- The 21-year-old is now the # 1 target, but Liverpool and Chelsea are also delighted
Manchester United have reportedly identified RB Leipzig’s Ibrahima Konate as the main target for the summer’s center-back.
United had previously considered Konate center-back Dayot Upamecano to be the most suitable, but now he has turned his attention to the 21-year-old, who has performed equally well in Germany.
Upamecano, available for just £ 38million this summer due to a clause in his contract, has been closely associated with United but Bayern Munich are said to lead the hunt for his signature while Liverpool and Chelsea are hoping to sign it too.
Manchester United have set themselves the goal of signing RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate
United were interested in Dayot Upamecano (pictured) but now want to sign their teammates
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it his mission to strengthen his defense this summer to take his team to the next level. According to The Independent, Konate will instead take a step at the end of the season.
The young French defender has been injured this season but has impressed in the twelve appearances he has made so far.
Solskjaer would have seen Konate up close earlier this season when he played the full 90 minutes in both Leipzig Champions League group games against United.
Konate, who joined Leipzig’s first team as a teenager in the 2018/19 season, is just the latest example of the club’s extraordinary recruitment, which recruited him from Sochaux after just twelve senior games.
The center-back has already won 11 internationals for France and will not be short of potential applicants this summer as he arouses great interest in England and Liverpool and Chelsea are also looking at him seriously.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it his business to sign a central defender in the summer window
The 21-year-old Konate played two full 90 minutes against United in Europe earlier this season