Manchester United are thinking about rivalling Liverpool for the signature of RB Leipzig centre-half Ibrahima Konate, according to reports.
The Anfield outfit are reportedly closing in on the Frenchman, with Jurgen Klopp’s side ready to activate a £34 million exit clause in the 21-year-old’s deal.
The German boss is a huge admirer of the France youth international and Konate is keen on transferring to Anfield, where he’d challenge Joe Gomez for the opportunity of partnering Virgil van Dijk next campaign.
But United are understood to be considering challenging the Reds for Konate as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have doubts over defender Eric Bailly’s long-term future at the club, according to Eurosport.
He has a little over a year to run on his contract at the Theatre of Dreams and he is sceptical about the board’s motives behind recent contract negotiations.
The Ivorian fears the club only want him to pen a new contract in order to obtain a larger sum for him in the summer.
With discussions at an impasse, United may be forced to sell Bailly and that would require the club to step up their search for a centre-half.
Konate is viewed as a viable replacement for Bailly, while United are keeping a close eye on Raphael Varane’s situation at Real Madrid.
Should they firm up their interest by triggering Ibrahima’s release clause, then the player’s decision could hinge on the outcome of the remainder of the campaign.