Spanish and European champions Real Madrid have made a decision on Manchester United transfer target Christopher Nkunku.
According to a report on The Hard Tackle, Real Madrid have ruled out the possibility of signing RB Leipzig and French forward Christopher Nkunku this summer.
While Real Madrid aren’t interested in a move for the Manchester United transfer target this summer, the report adds they could push to sign him in the summer of 2023.
Nkunku has grown into one of Europe’s best forwards since joining RB Leipzig in 2019 after leaving French club Paris Saint-Germain.
Nkunku enjoyed his most prolific campaign in 2021/22, as he plundered 35 goals and set up 19 more in 50 matches across all competitions, helping Leipzig finish fourth in the Bundesliga and win the DFB-Pokal.
Former Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick recommended signing Nkunku to Manchester United but the Red Devils are yet to submit an offer for the France international.
The 24 year old, who is contracted to RB Leipzig until 2024, is also attracting interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain.
Real Madrid would have reportedly loved to sign Nkunku this summer but have signed Antonio Rudiger from Chelsea and Aurelien Tchouameni from Monaco for €100million.
Real Madrid also intend to rely on one of Borja Mayoral, Luka Jovic or Mariano Diaz as the backup for Karim Benzema next season.
Castilla forward Juanmi Latasa could also be given a more prominent role in the first-team setup.
As a result, Real Madrid have decided not to pursue Nkunku, especially with RB Leipzig demanding a massive sum of €120 million for the 24 year old.
Real Madrid believe waiting until next summer could be ideal as Nkunku will have just one year left on his contract.
While Real Madrid are willing to wait until next summer, Paris Saint-Germain and Premier League rivals Arsenal are reportedly willing to meet RB Leipzig’s asking price for Nkunku this summer.
Meanwhile, Manchester United legend Gary Neville is worried over the lack of signings at the club and believes it will make it difficult for new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag.
“I know early in the window but it’s worrying that United are struggling to get business done,” Neville tweeted.
“The others seem set and ready yet United can’t get moving.
“ETH (Erik ten Hag) needs his group together asap to mould them. Bringing them in late will only make it harder for him! [Fingers crossed] it happens soon!”