Manchester United remain firmly in the hunt to sign RB Leipzig ace Christopher Nkunku but face a big battle to get the deal over the line.
Nkunku is in hot demand and rightly so after a stunning campaign in Germany. He has not only scored 27 goals but chipped in with another 17 assists. So it is no surprise to see him on the wishlist of Europe’s top clubs.
United are one of them but there are a couple of hurdles that stand in their way. The first being the real possibility of no Champions League football at Old Trafford next season.
The Reds sit seventh on the table three points behind Tottenham in fourth. Arsenal in fifth have a played a game less so the gap could open to six points if they win it.
PSG in the hunt
Not being able to play Champions League football could be an issue for Nkunku. Especially when two of the other interested parties could offer it.
The 25-year-old made a total of 55 appearances for PSG during a four-year spell. He scored eight goals before making the move to Leipzig in 2019. It is this season that he has burst in to life and the Parisians want him back.
Nkunku wanted by PSG and Manchester United
Christopher Nkunku wanted by Manchester United but PSG have massive advantage to sign RB Leipzig midfielder
The report also claims that PSG hope the signing would help to keep Kylian Mbappe. The two are good friends and a reunion could keep everybody happy.
Leipzig are also determined to fight off the interest. He is seen as the “jewel in their crown” and they do not want to lose him. However the transfer fee of £58million is unlikely to scare anyone off.
Nkunku is under contract until July 2024 though so Leipzig are under no pressure to cash in.
Manchester United close on new boss
If Nkunku did leave Germany and fancied England over a return to PSG, Manchester City could appeal more. City are in a better position to win trophies and can offer the Champions League.
So United do have a lot of work to do if they are to get a deal done. They remain managerless but that could be about to change. It would appear that United are closer than ever to appointing Erik ten Hag.
Once the new man is in place then the recruitment drive will move up a notch and Nkunku is high on the list.