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Liverpool beat Manchester United in £31m race for 21-year-old Bundesliga ace

Ibrahima Konate is linked with a transfer to Manchester United. (imago Images)
Ibrahima Konate is linked with a transfer to Manchester United. (imago Images)

Transfer News: Manchester United set to lose out on Ibrahima Konate

According to transfer news from the Mirror, Manchester United have missed out on the chance to sign Ibrahima Konate. The RB Leipzig defender seems to have agreed a £31million deal with arch-rivals Liverpool.

It is no secret that the Red Devils are on the lookout for a new central defender as we go into the summer transfer window. We have tracked not only Konate but also his Leipzig partner Dayot Upamecano.

However, United have missed out on both it seems as Upamecano confirmed a move to Bayern Munich and Konate is pretty much on his way to Anfield.

Ibrahima Konate
Ibrahima Konate in action for RB Leipzig

The 21-year-old Frenchman may not get the same appreciation as Upamecano but is in his own right, a capable defender. Signed for a reasonable £31m by Liverpool, Konate represents value for money.

While United have been keeping tabs on the player for a while, Liverpool looked to have taken the lead by making a bid for the player and winning the race.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to bring in a dependable partner for Harry Maguire. With Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly struggling with both form and fitness, he cannot afford to put it off any further. Bailly has just one year left on his current deal and is frustrated at the lack of opportunities at the club.

Ibrahima Konate has seemingly joined Liverpool instead of Manchester United

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Regardless of Bailly or anyone’s future, Manchester United need to bring in another quality defender. Now that Konate is heading to Liverpool, United need to quickly switch their attention to the likes of Jules Kounde, Pau Torres or Raphael Varane.

It is imperative that United get one of those names at least after missing out on a promising name like Konate.

Written by George Baker

Full-time football fan, half-time football writer. Way too big of a Manchester United fan. GGMU.

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