The Red Devils have been in touch with the representatives of promising RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate intending to make a summer move, according to reports. Amid being sidelined for the majority of the campaign with a muscle injury, U21 France international is regarded as one of the brightest talents in the Bundesliga.
Ibrahima came through the youth ranks at Ligue 2 club Sochaux and represents France at Under-21 level. The Red Devils have reached out to Konate’s agent to ascertain whether he would be interested in a move to Man United. The Bundesliga giants may demand a high fee for him, with his current deal not due to expire until the summer of 2023.
Man United are also reportedly interested in the 20-year-old’s centre-back partner at RB Leipzig, Dayot Upamecano. But the French centre-back, who has a £53m release clause, is set to snub interest from the Red Devils, Arsenal and Bayern Munich and sign a new contract at his current club.
Man United chief Ed Woodward warned mega-money moves in the next transfer window could be heavily impacted by the ongoing covid19 crisis.
Speaking at a fans’ forum last week, he said: ‘We have always believed that our commercial model gives us greater resilience than most clubs and we are grateful for the enduring support of our commercial partners in helping us achieve that.
‘However, nobody should be under any illusions about the scale of the challenge facing everyone in football, and it may not be ‘business as usual’ for any teams, including ourselves, in the transfer market this summer.’