Man United dealt transfer blow as £80m Frenchman signs new deal

Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku extends his contract at RB Leipzig

According to the club’s official website, Christopher Nkunku has recently extended his contract with RB Leipzig tieing down his future with them for the long term. This extension has essentially shut down talk regarding his future amidst links with a move elsewhere.

According to The Sun, Manchester United have expressed their interest in signing Nkunku, and they have received a damning blow by this update. An £80million move was touted to be on the cards, with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain being in the fray as well before this renewal.

The Frenchman has now penned a two-year extension with the German club, which means that he will have a contract until 2026. That means Nkunku is essentially ruled out as a transfer target for this summer transfer window prompting the Red Devils to look elsewhere in the process.

Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku extends his contract at RB Leipzig.
RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku now has a contract until 2026. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Not a lost cause for Man Utd!

Fortunately, the ever-reliable Fabrizio Romano has given a ray of hope that the Manchester side can utilise in the future. He has stated that a release clause worth just €60million has now been added to his contract, which is quite a feasible price for a man of Nkunku’s qualities.

Romano has added in another tweet that the clause would only be valid after the next season. Even then, he did claim that the fee could rise in the future depending on certain factors, as the Bundesliga side have been known to include in their players’ contracts.

Manchester United target Christopher Nkunku extends his contract at RB Leipzig. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United have shown an interest in Christopher Nkunku. (Photo by RONNY HARTMANN/AFP via Getty Images)

A host of major European sides have been alerted to this development and would look to try their cards to sign him in the future. That means we must set things up at the earliest to move at the earliest so that we can catch other interested parties off guard next summer.

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At the same time, this one-year gap could be influential in setting up Erik ten Hag’s project in Carrington in the best way possible before presenting it to Nkunku. The French forward has been on the rise for the past few years, so should the release clause remain the same, it would certainly be a steal indeed.

Nkunku’s versatility makes him an attractive prospect for us as he could slot into the striker role or even on the right wing should he sign for us in the future. Both positions require additions at this moment, although we have to wait and see whether any reinforcements will be made to those roles this summer which may influence our pursuit to sign the 24-year-old.