RB Leipzig have priced Christopher Nkunku at €100m
Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain have all tried to sign the player who has had a breakthrough as a striker this season.
Liverpool’s interest is expected to end after Benfica’s purchase of Darwin Nunez for the time being, but United’s failure to sign the Uruguayan had led the club hierarchy to consider a more solid approach for Nkunku.
Leipzig set a high price for the player, convincing him another season in the Bundesliga would be better for his career. The France international is now expected to sign an extension with a release clause.
While Arsenal and PSG would be willing to go for £100m, United are unlikely to do so this summer. Their budget is around £120m before the sale and part of the reason they failed to sign Nunez was that they refused to deviate from a valuation £20m below Benfica’s. Nunez eventually went to Liverpool for £85m, with £64m paid in advance.
The feeling is that Erik ten Hag is giving higher priority to midfield, so one hopes the big buy will be Frenkie de Jong. There also remains a difference between United’s and Barcelona’s valuation but the situation towards Old Trafford is influenced by the need to sell the Camp Nou club to balance their budget.
United have also been exploring a deal for another former Ten Hag player at Ajax, Antony, who would offer balance as a left-footed winger.