MANCHESTER UNITED and Arsenal have suffered a transfer blow in their bid to sign RB Leipzig star Christopher Nkunku.
That is because Leipzig insist Nkunku will not be leaving the club during the upcoming summer transfer window.
The Bundesliga club’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff insists the attacking midfielder will still be at the Red Bull Arena next season.
Mintzlaff told Sky Sports: “I have said it before, and I will say it again here: Nkunku will be our player again next season.
“Our goal is to keep the team together for next season.”
United and Arsenal are both keen on Nkunku, but are facing competition from the likes of Inter Milan and AC Milan.
The France international has attracted immense attention amid a spectacular season that has seen him amassing a whopping 30 goals and 20 assists in 46 appearances across all competitions.
United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is a huge fan of the 24-year-old, having signed him for Leipzig in 2019.
And Rangnick, who is expected to move into a consultancy role at Old Trafford in June, believes Nkunku would be a perfect fit for incoming manager Erik ten Hag’s system.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta also views the Frenchman as an ideal signing in his upcoming squad rebuild.
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Arteta has come under fire for leaving himself with a threadbare squad after the January transfer window.
And versatile Nkunku would be able to slot in anywhere across the North Londoners’ midfield and attack.
Leipzig reportedly value the ex-Paris Saint-Germain ace at around £54million.