English Premier League giants Arsenal have set eyes on RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.
According to reports in France, Arsenal have stopped the pursuit of Konate’s teammate and countryman Dayot Upamecano.
“Arsenal are set to move for RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, according to Todo Fichajes,” ESPN reported.
“The Gunners had previously been looking at his defensive partner, Dayot Upamecano, but withdrew because of the transfer fee the Bundesliga club were demanding.
The publication however cautioned that the 21-year-old Konate will cost upwards of €60m, with the Gunners expected to table an offer within December.
“The deal for Konate still won't be cheap though, as Leipzig are set to hold out on negotiations until the summer and ask for €60m.
“The north London club will reportedly make an opening offer in the coming weeks, with Mikel Arteta keen on adding the Frenchman to his ailing defence,” concluded the report.
Up next for Mikel Arteta’s side is a UEFA Europa League dead-rubber at home to Rapid Wien.