MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea are reportedly locked in a huge transfer battle to sign RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate.
The powerful centre-back is also attracting the interest of Real Madrid and Barcelona.
According to AS, Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barca have joined the race to land the highly-rated defender.
The 21-year-old French talent has attracted significant interest after his form for Leipzig.
Konate's physical power and strength have earned plenty of admirers and a big-money move looks increasingly likely.
He has made 15 appearances for the German club this season and the centre-back looks set for a big future.
Konate signed for Leipzig from Sochaux in 2017 and has impressed alongside compatriot Dayot Upamecano.
But with Upamecano joining Bayern Munich this summer, Leipzig may not be prepared to sell another key defender unless they receive a major offer.
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Chelsea are reportedly hoping to pip United to the signing of Konate.
The Blues think they could have the edge because Thomas Tuchel's assistant Zsolt Low knows the defender from his time at Leipzig.
Arsenal have also been linked with the popular centre-back with a host of clubs lining up a move for him.
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