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“Have to reflect”- 24-year-old French addresses Manchester United interest

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku "flattered" by Manchester United interest.
RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku now has a contract until 2026. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku “flattered” by Manchester United interest

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku has admitted that he is”flattered” by the interest from Manchester United and various other clubs. He has been quite sensational for his side the previous season, which has helped him finally break into the French national team this year.

Nkunku will see his current contract with Leipzig expire only in the summer of 2024. They are keen to keep hold of him but that has not deterred clubs like Man United, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea from vying for his services. Now, they are on high alert following the latest admission from the attacker.

Speaking in an interview with the French news channel Telefoot (h/t Mail Online), the Frenchman specifically responded to the interest of PSG following a question. Nkunku added that he would assess his options ahead of him and decide on his future based on various factors like the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

“It’s no secret. There are clubs interested in me. Yes, it’s flattering, but it’s also flattering to have a club like Leipzig do everything to keep me as well. I’ll have to reflect well and make a decision. The World Cup is on the way and that’s another factor to take into account.”

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku "flattered" by Manchester United interest. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
Christopher Nkunku will assess his future options. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Would Nkunku suit Man Utd?

Those who have watched the 24-year-old last campaign would know that he primarily plays as a second striker, with his best performances coming from that position. However, he is able to deputise in several roles in the attack, making him a highly versatile option for Erik ten Hag to use should we sign him.

As such, we do not have a fixed role for the Bundesliga superstar right now, with Donny van de Beek and Bruno Fernandes probably fighting it out for the number ten position. That does raise questions about our interest in Nkunku, although his flexibility could be of use under the current circumstances.

After all, Marcus Rashford has been disappointing throughout the previous term, while Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial face an uncertain future. Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard are set to leave this summer, whereas Anthony Elanga and Alejandro Garnacho are only getting used to the first-team setup.

RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku "flattered" by Manchester United interest. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
Christopher Nkunku also has interest from PSG and Chelsea. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)

In such a case, Nkunku’s flexibility would be a huge bonus for ten Hag as the boss can depend on the forward if the latter’s displays from the last season are anything to go by. While the attacker excels as a second striker, he can still put in a solid shift in other areas and could be the solution to temporarily address these issues at once.

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That being said, any potential move would probably be expensive because of the German side’s current stance. We would also need to be wary of the other interested parties who are in a far better position than us right now. Newcastle United are also in the mix, although they are just a secondary option right now, according to L’Equipe (h/t Mail Online).

Fortunately, we may just have the edge over our rivals since they have heavy competition on the attacking front, unlike our case right now. With the World Cup drawing closer by the day, a move to Old Trafford would probably give Nkunku more minutes to express himself.

Written by Rijo Sam Daniel

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