Paper Talk: Solskjaer puts talented new name top of Man Utd wanted list

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2021 8:38 - James Marshment

Amadou Haidara, Ibrahima Konate, Nordi Mukiele, Emil Forsberg RB Leipzig

Manchester United have a new, obtainable, No 1 defensive target this summer, Arsenal are chasing a new left-back, while Kylian Mbappe could force Sergio Ramos out at Real Madrid, according to Tuesday’s transfer gossip.


RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has reportedly been put right at the top of Manchester United’s transfer wish-list this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking a new defender to take his side to the next level and help ensure they can push for the title.

They were keen on his Leipzig teammate Dayot Upamecano. However, it seems he is destined for Bayern Munich as they prepare for a double exit themselves.

And just like Upamecano, Konate has a release clause himself which kicks in this summer. However, the price needed to prise the 21-year-old away from Leipzig stands at just €30m (£26.5m).

That fee has, understandly, grabbed United’s attention, according to the Independent. The paper, however, states United aren’t alone in their pursuit of Konate. The likes of Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal are also said to be keen.

BILD’s Christian Falk claims Leipzig fully expect Konate to leave.

“Of course he’s in great demand,” Falk said.

“But he’s also got an exit clause of around €30m (£26.5million) plus that can be made possible this summer.

“Leipzig have to be prepared for an exciting summer transfer window if they are to avoid losing two centre-backs come the end of it.”

However, there is a growing belief at United that they can win the race for his signature. Furthermore, he may prove – pound for pound – a more shrewd investment than Upamecano.

At just 21 years old, Konate looks a seriously good prospect. With 11 France U21 caps to his name, it surely won’t be long before he graduates to the full Les Bleus squad.


Arsenal are planning to sign a new left-back in the summer, with Kieran Tierney the only natural left-footer at the club. (Daily Star)

Davinson Sanchez claims Tottenham are not a one-man team, though wants their other big stars need to follow Harry Kane’s lead. (Daily Star)

West Ham star Tomas Soucek has leapt to the defence of Mike Dean after the referee and his family were sent abusive threats online. (Daily Star)

Sergio Ramos is furious with claims Real Madrid will bid £130million for Kylian Mbappe. The saga could force the veteran defender to quit for Man Utd. (The Sun)


David Beckham’s Inter Miami are reportedly interested in signing West Brom defender Kieran Gibbs in the summer. (The Sun)

Thiago Silva is hoping to extend his Chelsea contract past this season, though David Alaba must lower his eye-watering wage demands if he’s to join him. (Daily Telegraph)

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Sporting Lisbon’s Pedro Goncalves after enquiring about the Portuguese star in January. (Daily Mirror)

Nigerian winger Shola Shoretire has signed his first professional deal with Manchester United, despite offers from PSG, Barcelona, Juventus and Bayern Munich. (Daily Mail)

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Jurgen Klopp, Alisson Becker Liverpool

Alisson apologised to Jurgen Klopp following his two howlers in Liverpool’s 4-1 defeat by title rivals Manchester City on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Former referee Keith Hackett has slammed ‘hapless double act’ Mike Dean and Lee Mason after another high-profile Premier League blunder. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City and Manchester United have posted Europe’s highest transfer deficits over the last 10 windows, data shows. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea may have to travel to Poland or Romania for the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid. (Daily Mail)


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