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Arsenal tracking highly sought after RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate
Arsenal are supposed to be looking at RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate. The French defender is the partner of Dayot Upamecano who is leaving in the summer for Bayern Munich after the Bavarian club agreed to activate the French international’s buyout clause.
Arsenal have already let go of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi with David Luiz’s current deal set to expire in the summer.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein previously reported that the Gunners were looking at a right-sided centre-half to possibly join the club either in the previous January window (which didn’t happen) or in the upcoming summer window.
“In an ideal world, Arsenal would have planned around the summer of 2021, bringing in a creative player to replace the outgoing Mesut Ozil when his contract expires, bringing in a right-sided central defender, because they will have up to three leaving in David Luiz, Sokratis and Mustafi, all of who’s contract expires,” Ornstein said.
“That would have been their hope, those two main positions, given what’s happening now, they’re trying to escalate some of those plans, mainly around the lack of creativity, within that Szoboszlai was a consid eration.”
The reality was Arsenal brought in Martin Odegaard on loan from Real Madrid and let go of Mustafi and Sokratis early. No centre-half was signed just goalkeeper Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton in addition to the Norwegian. Should Arsenal still plan to move for a defender, Konate fits the profile they would be looking for.
Mikel Arteta may have other ideas about what he wishes to do with Arsenal central defensive area with two high potential young players out on loan this season getting regular game time abroad.
William Saliba is with Nice in France whilst Konstantinos Mavropanos has spent the full season with Stuttgart in Germany.
“We are having meetings very often to assess what they are doing. Obviously, we are getting all the information and watching their games because I want to keep a very close eye on what they are doing. We were talking yesterday with our loans manager Ben Knapper, who is in charge of monitoring everything that we are doing,” said Arteta.
“We are in contact with the players and let’s see. It’s good news that they’re playing and good news that they have the possibility to have a lot of minutes, because that’s going to give us a much better perception of where they are and how we can use them.”
The money invested in Saliba would make many believe that the club will want to get a return and therefore giving the young Frenchman opportunities in the first team makes sense.