Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all interested in landing RB Leipzig’s French star Ibrahima Konate in the summer transfer market, according to a recent report from German publication BILD.
The 21-year-old defender came through the academy at Paris FC and spent his formative years with FC Sochaux before joining RB Leipzig back in 2017.
The towering centre-half immediately became a mainstay in the defence for the Saxony-based side and even though injuries have hampered his development throughout the past year or so, his stock has not fallen.
So far, Ibrahima has featured in 87 games for Die Roten Bullen, contributing with four goals.
The 21-year-old ace is contracted with the Bundesliga side till the summer of 2023 but has an exit clause worth around €45m, which the aforementioned clubs are now thinking about triggering come summer.
The Blues have shown great solidity defensively ever since manager Thomas Tuchel took over the reins of the club in January.
However, Chelsea must look for a long-term replacement for the Brazil international Thiago Silva, who will turn 37 in the near future.
In addition, Fikayo Tomori’s long-term future is also uncertain, with the English star currently out on loan at AC Milan, who have the option to make his move permanent.
So, bringing in a new central defender to bolster their ranks in the summer makes a lot of sense for them, with Ibrahima emerging as a viable target.
It now remains to be seen if Chelsea or their league rivals do launch an offensive for Ibrahima come summer.