Manchester United dealt blow as RB Leipzig chief reveals transfer stance on Christopher Nkunku
Manchester United have been dealt a blow after RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff revealed their transfer stance on Christopher Nkunku ahead of this summer. He is one of the most prolific attackers in world football at this moment, making him an attractive signing for any team.
Man United have already been linked with a move to sign Nkunku at the end of this season. They have expressed an interest to finalise a move, but their pursuit would depend on Erik ten Hag’s decision. However, they would also face competition from other clubs for his services.
That being said, it appears that a move for the Frenchman is not in the cards at all following Leipzig director Mintzlaff’s admission. Speaking in an interview (h/t Manchester Evening News), he has confirmed that they will not sell Nkunku after this term and have conveyed their decision to the attacker and his agent after internal discussions.
“We have clearly discussed it internally: we won’t let Nkunku leave this summer, we told him and his agent.”
Damning blow for Man Utd
The 24-year-old has been on hot form this campaign, and he added another brace to his tally in the recent 4-0 thrashing of FC Augsburg. That means he now has an outrageous 34 goals and 20 assists from 50 appearances across all competitions.
The Bundesliga superstar would have undoubtedly been a splendid addition to facilitate our rebuild under Ten Hag. Then again, the Ajax boss’ stance on a potential move is still unclear at this moment, so there is a chance that he may opt against a transfer as well.
However, that would not have mattered anyway, as the German side are unlikely to part ways with the former Paris Saint-Germain man following this admission. As such, we must prepare a shortlist with alternative targets at the earliest with the summer transfer window drawing close.
Edinson Cavani has less than six months in his current contract, and he is set to depart Old Trafford this summer. Anthony Martial seems to be in line to leave after his loan spell at Sevilla, whereas Marcus Rashford has largely struggled to recapture his best form this season.
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We might also need to replace Mason Greenwood moving forward, whereas Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata are in line to leave for free at the end of this season. Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo would not be here with us in the long term, which puts into perspective why we need attacking reinforcements.
Nkunku would have been a great choice indeed, but with this update, we must search the market for other options. Let’s hope that the hierarchy can identify suitable targets as soon as possible with time running out with each passing day.