Amid Manchester United transfer target Frenkie de Jong’s reluctance to leave Barcelona, a wiser move would be to look at players who are poised to move on.
One of them is RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, who would cost around a third of De Jong’s price, because his contract has only one year left.
Speaking during his international duty, the midfielder is set to make a transfer this summer.
Austrian outlet Der Standard reports that Laimer says it is “quite possible that he will not play in Leipzig next season”.
Laimer admits he could leave
Laimer’s words admitting that he could leave were also reported by the German channel Sport1, which credits Manchester United’s interest, although he claims that Bayern Munich are the favourites.
The report says: “According to information from SPORT1, the German record champion is also preparing an offer: Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United are also interested.”
Bayern have to be considered favourites, given their history of sucking in talent from other Bundesliga clubs.
Focus.de recently reported that RB Leipzig would rather receive an offer from Manchester United than sell to a rival.
Ultimately, however, it could be Laimer who determines his future and chooses his next destination.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the Europa League semi-final last month, Laimer was quoted by The MEN as saying he wants to choose his next club carefully.
Laimer said: “I will be 25 in May and I will have enough experience to make such decisions clearly. I need a good feeling. I have to like what people tell me.
“It’s about the plan with me and with the team. Of course, it’s also about goals. If I am convinced of that, I will do it.”
This is where Bayern have a clear advantage, thanks to Laimer’s former RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann, the current boss of the Bundesliga champions.
Sport1 reports that he wants to sign a ‘pressing machine’ and that Laimer thinks it’s a perfect fit.
The outlet reports that Laimer would cost around £20m, a bargain price for the all-action central midfielder.
FBRef data shows that Laimer ranks in the top 1 per cent of players for pressing and successful midfield pressing in Europe’s top five leagues this season.
This is a deal we would expect Bayern to make, even though they have already signed Ryan Gravenberch, because they are a smart club that know how to identify themselves and strike a deal.
Manchester United still have to convince us of that. Unless the de Jong chase is a red herring, it still appears the Red Devils are chasing big names who need to be persuaded to join, repeating old mistakes, instead of capturing attainable, talented and talented players. affordable as Laimer.
Reported interest from United is somewhat encouraging, but this is the time action is needed, with the next step required to sign the player.