Euro Paper Talk: Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal battle for Leipzig sensation

Date published: Friday 24th May 2019 11:45

Ibrahima Konate

Manchester United are ready to go all-in for a Barcelona midfielder, while they are rivalling Arsenal and Liverpool for a Leipzig star, according to Friday’s European papers.

 

THREE PREM RIVALS EYE TEENAGE SENSATION

Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United are all locked in a summer battle to land RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate this summer, according to a report.

The 19-year-old came through the youth setup at Paris FC, the city where he was born, before eventually moving on to Sochaux where he was snapped up from by Leipzig.

He made 42 appearances for the Bundesliga side this season having firmly established himself in the starting XI despite his young age, and the France U21 international is now apparently earning admirers from abroad.

According to Twitter transfer source @EuroUnited6, the aforementioned Premier League trio are tracking the France U21 international, with all three looking to bolster their back line.

Konate is valued at around £27million by Transfermarkt, while Liverpool will have hope that midfielder Naby Keita can persuade him to follow in his footsteps and make the move to Anfield from RB Leipzig.

Arsenal and United meanwhile are arguably the two clubs in most need of a centre-back option, with the pair having conceded the most goals in the top six compared to any other teams.

 

AND THE REST

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed the Bundesliga champions’ interest in Manchester City’s Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Suddeutsche Zeitung)

Manchester United are ready to give it their all in the transfer pursuit of Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic. (Don Balon)

Manchester United have improved a £12m-a-year deal offered to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and are hopeful the 19-year-old Dutch centre-back will sign for them. (Sport)

Mauricio Pochettino insists Real Madrid form no part of his thinking at present, but the Tottenham boss will be making a decision on his future after the Champions League final.

Barcelona are on the lookout for an experienced backup striker in the transfer market this summer, with Tottenham’s Fernando Llorente emerging as a target. (Don Balon)

Napoli have made an approach to sign Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool. (Goal)

Inter Milan will offer £30m plus Croatia winger Ivan Perisic for Romelu Lukaku. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Manchester United will be making no further attempt to sign Borussia Dortmund attacker Jadon Sancho in this summer’s transfer window. (ESPN FC)

Arsenal are one of several clubs tracking Reading’s English striker Danny Loader. (Goal)

Liverpool are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs who are considering a move for AC Milan midfielder Suso. (TMW)

SEVILLE, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 08: Suso of AC Milan duels for the ball with Junior Firpo of Real Betis during the UEFA Europa League Group F match between Real Betis and AC Milan at Estadio Benito Villamarin on November 8, 2018 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund are keeping an eye on Duvan Zapata after his excellent season with Atalanta. (Alfredo Pedulla)

Tottenham have contacted Real Madrid in an attempt to start negotiations over midfielder Marco Asensio, 23, but have been told Spain international is not for sale. (AS)

Napoli are considering a summer offer for Fenerbahce star Eljif Elmas. (Sky Italy)

Former Juventus and Italy boss Marcello Lippi has returned as Chinamanager.

Argentina international Maxi Meza has been linked with Boca Juniors. (TYC Sports)

 

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