Arsenal are tracking RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate ahead of the summer, amid uncertainties surrounding their current centre-backs.
The Evening Standard report that Arsenal are one of a number of clubs tracking RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate ahead of the summer transfer window.
According to the report, the likes of David Luiz, Konstantinos Mavropanos, and Calum Chambers all face uncertainty ahead of the summer. Luiz and Chambers could leave permanently, whilst Mavropanos may well spend another season in Germany.
As a result, Arsenal are looking at centre-backs to add to what would then be fairly depleted ranks, with just Gabriel Magalhaes, Pablo Mari, and Rob Holding from the current batch, plus William Saliba if he doesn’t go out on another loan.
Konate is 21 years old, with a lot of senior experience in the Bundesliga and in Europe. He has a contract until 2023, so it’s not impossible Leipzig would consider a sale, despite the fact they’re losing Dayot Upamecano this summer.
The defender is a France u21 international, though he’s yet to feature for the senior side. He’s tall and strong in the air, and highly rated. Hence all the interest from around Europe – not just from Arsenal.
On the other hand, Konate’s recent injury problems raise a concern. An ankle injury forced him out from mid-December until the end of January, and he also missed the first month of the season and much of the last campaign with a muscle tear.
Arsenal have long been on Konate’s case, if reports from early 2019 are to be believed. If they see the potential the young Frenchman has, they may be willing to take a risk on his fitness.