Arsenal planning surprise move for 20-year-old French defensive rock
Arsenal in advanced talks with RB Leipzig defensive rock Ibrahima Konate and preparing to make an offer in June when the transfer window opens again. London club have problems in the back-line as Shkodran Mustafi linked with several clubs, Rob Holding has a severe injury, Laurent Koscielny and Sokratis already up to 30 and they need back-up.
French centre-back is the perfect option in this situation as he had an impressive campaign and paid attention. Unai ready to spend big money on the player during the summer transfer window. Chelsea are also keen to sign him, and there will be a contest for the footballer.
Ibrahima joined the Red Bulls from Sochaux in 2017 with a free deal. He has a vast potential and can become a world-class defender if he continuous improvement. In this campaign, Konate played 42 games and scored three goals and made one assist in all competition. It is a fantastic consequence, and he can do much more with high-class teammates.
The 20-year-old defender has contracted with the German club until 2023, and his release clause is around €30m. His price could increase during this summer and become much more. French centre-back helped RB Leipzig to finish the Bundesliga in a third place and get the Champions League ticket for the next season.
Gunners will do everything to add him this June, but it will be difficult as Blues also planning to make a bid during the transfer window. Arsenal heavily linked with Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter and Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam.