RB Leipzig have reportedly joined the race to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Manu Kone, with the youngster also wanted by the likes of Liverpool and Newcastle United.
According to Bild, the Bundesliga side are keen to add the 21-year-old to their impressive squad of young talents, with Kone potentially being lined up as a January or summer replacement for Bayern Munich-bound midfielder Konrad Laimer.
Leipzig are far from alone in their interest to sign Kone, though. Fabrizio Romano recently reported that both Liverpool and Newcastle United are chasing the midfielder, alongside Chelsea. And there’s a growing expectation that the French youngster will leave Gladbach in 2023.
With Eddie Howe’s Newcastle already having a £31m offer rejected for the Bundesliga wonderkid as reported by Media Foot, it appears that the race to sign Kone has only just begun, with Leipzig the latest club to try their luck and bring the youngster to east Germany.
Indeed, Leipzig signing Kone wouldn’t be too crazy a conclusion given the pull the German side have on young players in the Bundesliga, with the Red Bull-owned club having a great reputation for developing talents before selling them off to some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
And for Kone, this could be an appealing option this year even with Premier League clubs already chasing the midfielder, with a season or two at Leipzig having the potential to improve the 21-year-old’s game massively, as well as his potential asking price.
LEIPZIG COULD BEAT LIVERPOOL AND NEWCASTLE TO KONE SIGNING
Leipzig’s Bundesliga pull shouldn’t be underestimated, and with the UEFA Champions League regulars now in the race to sign Kone, there’s a good chance that the Saxony-based side could now win the race to bring the Frenchman to the Red Bull Arena ahead of Liverpool and Newcastle.
After all, Leipzig’s track record of developing young players is impressive, and for someone like Kone, spending a few extra seasons in Germany with a club who know what they’re doing would be a smart career move rather than taking a risk and moving to the Premier League already.