Just In: Arsenal monitoring RB Leipzig (POWER HOUSE) defender Ibrahima Konate

Arsenal are reportedly keeping tabs on RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate as Mikel Arteta plots a big rebuild of his squad in the summer transfer window.

There was a flurry of activity in January for the Gunners with Mesut Ozil, Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis all having their contracts terminated while William Saliba and Sead Kolasinac went out on loan.

Ibrahima battles for the ball

According to the Evening Standard, the north London club are considering bringing in another centre-back and Konate is a player who has caught their eye.

Arsenal are said to be one of a number of clubs tracking the 21-year-old, who is regarded as one of the Bundesliga’s top prospects alongside fellow Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano.

Konate in Action for Leipzig against Bayern

Arteta revealed on Wednesday that the club are planning an ‘unprecedented’ summer window due to the number of transfers that are required to get his squad into shape.

The Gunners are currently down in 10th place and eight points off the top four after losing 11 of their 26 Premier League games this season, and the Spaniard admitted that their transfer plans are dependent on where they finish in the table.

‘We are planning what’s going to happen in the summer,’ said Arteta. ‘It will depend on where we finish, how we finish. ‘I think what we have to do in the summer is unprecedented for a club of this stature.

‘To do the amount of transactions that we have to make it tells you as well where we are. ‘I think it was very much needed and you want to improve, you want to do that. ‘It’s where you have things in the house and you believe that you can improve on it.

‘Externally acquiring players to go to the next level. Everything is planned and let’s see what the market can bring and what the last few months can bring to the club.’

 

 

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