Tottenham Hotspur are ready to rival Manchester United in the pursuit of RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer.
According to German outlet BILD, Tottenham and Manchester United are monitoring Austrian midfielder Konrad Aimer and could make a summer move for him. Both teams are in need of a major summer overhaul and have identified the 24-year-old as a potential signing.
Laimer is a youth product of Red Bull Salzburg and joined Leipzig in a €7million transfer in 2017. He was quick to establish himself in the heart of the Bundesliga midfield and is from a pillar. He also looked assured in the Champions League and is thus attracting interest from the European giants.
In all, Laimer made 149 appearances for Leipzig, scoring 11 and assisting 16 times for them. Laimer has scored four goals and three assists this season, including two goals and an assist last weekend against Borussia Dortmund.
The 23-year-old can play as a defensive midfielder, protecting the defence, and also in a slightly more advanced role in the centre. With age on his side and a recent improvement in form, Laimer has caught the eye of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Laimer played under interim United manager Ralf Rangnick at Leipzig. The German tactician is said to be pushing the club to sign the midfielder. With the imminent exit of Paul Pogba, Manchester United are in the hunt for a central midfielder and have been linked with Declan Rice and Aurelien Tchouameni, with Laimer emerging as the latest option.
Tottenham are long-time admirers of the Austrian. Laimer played a crucial role in Leipzig’s 4-0 demolition of Tottenham in the 2020 Champions League Round of 16, and has been on the London side’s radar ever since. The club are also keen to add reinforcements this summer to climb the Premier League table under Antonio Conte’s tutelage.
Laimer will only have one year left on his contract after the current season. He is set to start talks with the club over his future once the season is finished and dusted off. Whether Tottenham or Manchester United present him with a deal too good to turn down remains to be seen.