RB Leipzig’s Oliver Mintzlaff has suggested Christopher Nkunku will stay at the Bundesliga club, dealing a blow to Manchester United’s chances of signing the Frenchman.
As reported by Sky Sport Germany, Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Christopher Nkunku after RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff ruled out a summer move for the 24-year-old French attacker. There has been considerable interest in the player from the Premier League, although a transfer looks doubtful at this stage.
Christopher Nkunku has been one of the most improved players in Europe this season, with the attacking midfielder showcasing his talent at RB Leipzig. The 24-year-old is helping his team hang on to the third spot in the Bundesliga this term while taking them into the Europa League semi-finals.
Nkunku’s tally of 30 goals and 20 assists represents one of the best performances by a player in Europe, which has naturally caught the interest of many big clubs. Significant attention comes from the Premier League, with Manchester United, Arsenal, and Liverpool keen on signing the French attacker.
Manchester United have been particularly interested in signing Nkunku as they embark on a new journey under new management. The Red Devils confirmed the appointment of Erik ten Hag as their new manager, and the Dutchman may have wanted Nkunku as one of the headline signings in the summer.
? Christopher Nkunku has played a direct hand in more league goals (30) than Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne combined (29) this season pic.twitter.com/eVaAzanFGw
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There have been reports insisting that Manchester United were willing to triple Nkunku’s wages if he were to sign for them. However, RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has dealt a blow to Manchester United’s hopes, insisting the Frenchman will remain at the Bundesliga club next season, effectively ruling out a transfer.
Mintzlaff said, “I’ve said it many times, and I like to say it here, Nkunku will be our player again next season. In football nothing is basically unsaleable.”
The Bundesliga side’s CEO further conceded that sometimes things happen beyond anyone’s control in football, which could give Manchester United and other suitors some hope before the summer transfer window. Nkunku will have two years left on his Leipzig deal when the season ends, which could be the right time for suitors to swoop in.
The summer transfer window could be an interesting period, which could determine Nkunku’s future. There is a big chance to upgrade his career by moving to the Premier League, although the Frenchman will cost big money to suitors who wish to sign the 24-year-old attacker.