Arsenal’s reported target may be even better than Dayot Upamecano

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Dayot Upamecano may be the model for RB Leipzig, but in the eyes of many, he’s not even the most talented French center-back at Red Bull Arena.

That honor, if you believe in the Bundesliga mavericks and fans, goes to Ibrahima Konate.

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Konate is the younger of the two at 21 and according to BILD, also the more expensive.

They report that the French international U21 has a release clause of 45 million pounds in his contract; about £ 5 million more than the fee Leipzig will be able to charge for Upamecano, possibly the most coveted defensive talent on the continent.

Arsenal have been relentlessly linked to Upamecano for the past 12 months but, interestingly, their focus seems to have shifted to the man who tends to be a bit to the right of him in Julian Nagelsmann’s XI.

Have you seen something special in Konate while the rest of Europe flatters your compatriot?

“I see Ibrahim Konaté at the same level (as Upamecano),” former RB Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick told Sport1 about two defenders he brought to Germany in 2017.

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“Ibrahima has developed brilliantly here,” Rangnick also said, via the Bundesliga website.

“He already has a lot of experience in the Bundesliga and on the European stage. We are convinced of its enormous potential “.

There may be a rather simplistic explanation as to why Konate often goes unnoticed as his French compatriot grabs the spotlight.

He is the Sam del Frodo de Upamecano. Rarely the hero, but the man who selflessly carries Leipzig on his back, happy to do the dirty work without the ruthless pressure that accompanies such lofty expectations.

Also, while Upamecano is more of, say, modern in style, with his excellent footwork and excellent passing range, Konate is something of an old-school throwback; a powerful, aggressive defender, defender happy to throw his body on the line looking for three points.

With that 3-0 collapse at home to Aston Villa fresh in memory, doesn’t Konate sound like a welcome addition to an improving but still susceptible bottom line?

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