RB Leipzig set to offer improved contract to Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku
According to the German news outlet BILD Sport (h/t The Sun), RB Leipzig are set to offer a contract extension to Christopher Nkunku, who is a target for Manchester United. He is one of the most prolific attackers in world football right now, which has attracted attention from a host of clubs.
Man United have already expressed an interest in signing Nkunku, but they could wait another year to move following the latest update. They are also joined by AC Milan and Bayern Munich, with Paris Saint-Germain also expected to enter the transfer race. The forward himself would like to leave Leipzig at the end of this season.
But that has not stopped the German side as they “wish” to renew the Frenchman’s deal by another year. They are looking to triple his wages to £130k-a-week while adding a £55million release clause in his new contract. That could prompt all the interested parties, including the Red Devils, to wait another year for the activation of the buy option.
What should Man Utd do?
There is no doubt that the 24-year-old is a top-notch attacker looking at how he has performed throughout this season. The prospect of signing him is exciting, to say the least, which makes his current stance useful for us if there are active plans to bring him to Old Trafford.
That being said, it may not be the worst thing in the world for the renewal to take place if United are after the Frenchman. The addition of a new release clause makes the Leipzig ace a much more attractive prospect as the valuation mentioned is not outrageous and is relatively feasible in modern football.
That could potentially give us an insight into why the interested parties may be willing to wait for another year before trying to make their move. After all, they could get Nkunku for a reasonable price if the release clause can be activated in the future.
However, we must wait and see whether the Bundesliga superstar would entertain this new contract offer from his current club. He has certainly made a name for himself at Leipzig but the German club, with all due respect, isn’t a global footballing giant when compared to Man United.
Erik ten Hag is expected to come in this summer and change things, while Nkunku currently plays for a club that Ralf Rangnick has a history with. If the incoming Dutchman approves such a move- the board would be wise to back him- be it now or in the coming windows.
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Nevertheless, only time will tell if the Red Devils even think about formalising any apparent interest they may have in the Bundesliga star. He is extremely versatile and can play in multiple positions in attack and midfield.
Signing such a player significantly increases any team’s depth and with Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo on the wrong side of 30, perhaps it is time to freshen things up front.