Man Utd set sights on Dortmund defender, Arsenal planning double RB Leipzig raid and Madrid planning pay cuts


The 22-year-old centre-back has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is looking to bring in more competition to his first-choice centre-back pairing of Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Borussia Dortmund centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou, according to reports coming out from Italy.

The Red Devils, who are currently sitting at 14th in the table, have conceded 14 goals in their opening seven games of the 2020/21 campaign. They have kept only 1 clean-sheet in the English top-flight and subsequently boast one of the worst defensive records in the division.

Solskjaer hasn’t let his team’s depressing defensive form impact his team plans and has continued opting for the defensive pairing of Maguire and Lindelof. But the Norwegian manager has reportedly started looking at the transfer market in search for more defensive reinforcements.

And Calcio Mercato are now reporting that the Old Trafford outfit have turned their attentions to Zagadou who is contracted to the Signal Iduna Park residents until 2022 but might leave the club on a nominal transfer fee next summer.

Man Utd set sights on Dortmund defender
The 22-year-old centre-back has impressed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Image Copyright: imago images / Kirchner-Media / xNoahxWedelx)

Top News 2: Arsenal planning double raid on RB Leipzig

Arsenal planning double raid on RB Leipzig
Konate and Nkunku are both on the Gunners' transfer radar (Image Copyright: imago images / Picture Point LE)

Despite spending close to €90m in the recent summer transfer window, the Gunners are once again ready to go big in the transfer market.

Arsenal are planning to raid RB Leipzig for the pairing of Ibrahim Konate and Christopher Nkunku in the 2021/22 summer transfer window, according to Bild.

Konate, 21, is a French centre-back and a much cheaper alternative than teammate Dayot Upamecano who is also on the transfer radar of Manchester United and Real Madrid. He missed his side’s start of the campaign but has started for them in their recent games.

Arsenal aren’t the only club pursuing the signature of Konate, though, as plenty of English clubs are also keeping tabs on the French youngster. But the youngster may be tempted to a move to the Gunners by the chance to play alongside William Saliba.

The Gunners will also face competition in the signature of Nkunku who has reportedly attracted interest from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon. Mikel Arteta’s side will therefore have to move quickly if they’re to sign the France Under-21 international.

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Top News 3: Real Madrid planning more pay cuts

Los Blancos are reportedly planning to hold talks with Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema, Raphael Varane, and Marcelo to reach an agreement on pay cuts.

Real Madrid are set to ask players to agree to another pay cut as the club looks to offset the financial impact of COVID-19 pandemic, per ESPN.

Zinedine Zidane’s side haven’t been hit as badly as some other clubs across Europe but will still have to cut costs to avoid the need of laying off non-playing staff, known as an ERTE in Spanish employment law.

The club’s players are reportedly cognizant of the club’s precarious financial situation and are expected to agree to the latest wage cut proposal, even though they already agreed to pay cuts of between 10% and 20% in April.

It was the club’s uncertain financial situation that forced Los Blancos to not carry out any major signings during the summer, with Zidane instead deferring his big spending plans for the upcoming transfer windows.

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