Report – Arsenal wants Upamecano’s defence partner

Arsenal has been named as one of the teams looking to sign 21-year-old Ibrahima Konate, according to Bild.

The Frenchman has been in fine form for RB Leipzig where he partners Dayot Upamecano at the back.

The German side has some of the best young European talents on their team at the moment and he is one of them.

The report claims that the defender has been catching the attention of several Premier League teams for some time now, suggesting that his next career move will probably be to the Premier League.

Arsenal invested in the signature of Gabriel Magalhaes and William Saliba in the last two transfer windows and it seems that the Gunners may have made a mistake with Saliba.

Gabriel has proven to be a good signing and the Gunners might sign Konate to become his long-term partner.

If Arsenal is serious, they will have to be ready to beat competition from other teams for his signature and the Gunners will also have to pay his release clause.

This is because the report adds that Leipzig isn’t keen to lose one of their best players at the moment and they will only listen to offers that match or beat his 50m euros release clause.

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  1. how many more defenders does he want we 8 centre backs already does he know what he is doing because I am starting to wonder

    1. Our past numerous defensive errors have made us obsessive for a CB. That position is not our priority, we seem to be in dire need of a ball carrier/attacking midfielder. Our attack is always stagnant and lacks innovation.

      Of all our regulars, only two players can take on opposition defenders….Saka and Pepe. Both are inconsistent….one is young and developing, the other is finding it hard to settle.

      A player like Grealish has made us realize what we are missing….a player that take defenders on and has eye for defence-splitting passes. That should be our priority now.

  2. Last year I constantly said to sign Ibrahima Konate rather than Upamecano. He is a big tall skillful player. I hope it comes true.

    Bukayo Saka is having a blinder for England.

  3. What has happened to Saliba still remains a mystery. Konate may be very good but at this point of time we desperately need a creative midfielder like Aouar or Szoboszlai. We still have Mari and Chambers to come in and along with Louis and Holding that is enough cover for defence, it is the attacking midfield that Arteta should look at. So instead of spending 50 mp on a defender spend it on a well established midfielder who is creative. Saka played well for England and so did AMN when he came on as a sub. Hope MA reverts to 433 system asap so that we come back to winning ways. We cannot affford to drop more points, or else the way other teams are performing, top four will soon be out of sight. Cmon MA ring in the changes in tactics, formation and personnel. Play Pepe more frequently instead of Willian, play Willock/ESR/CEballos in the midfield 3 in a 433 system.

    1. Why not sign a player that is PL proven and happens to be an arsenal fan as well, look nowhere but right here in England, Cystal Palace has the player for us.

  4. Who we will sign is the least of our concerns.
    12 points out of a possible 24 with the scum second in the league is the big issue.
    The manager needs to start playing his best players in their naturally best position and the players need to pull their socks up and show some bloody commitment.

  5. We don’t need another defender again. What we need is a creative attacking midfielder like, Aour, Zaha W, Szoboszlai, etc

  6. We need to offload some defenders. Konate is dam good

    But we to do away with at least 3 CB before we can bring in Konate

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