Borussia Monchengladbach are close to signing Kouadio Kone from Toulouse, according to Fabrizio Romano. The French midfielder, who also goes by the name ‘Manu’, had earlier been close to signing for AC Milan but will now snub the Italian giants to join Monchengladbach.
Kouadio Kone to Borussia Monchengladbach
Monchengladbach Hijack AC Milan’s Deal for the Midfielder
Borussia Monchengladbach are set to pip AC Milan for the signing of highly-rated French midfielder Kouadio Kone. According to Romano, the German side have agreed on personal terms with the midfielder and will complete a €9 million from Toulouse. The news comes as a big setback for AC Milan, who were in the pole position to sign the 19-year-old midfielder. The Italian giants had reportedly made a €5 million bid for the midfielder, which will now be snubbed in favour of moving to the Bundesliga.
Kone is one of the brightest young midfield prospects in France. A versatile midfielder, the 19-year-old is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder and a central midfielder. Kone made his debut on the final day of the 2018/19 Ligue 1 season. The midfielder featured 13 times for the Les Violets last season but saw his side relegated to Ligue 2.
Since, Kone has only gone on from strength to strength. This season has seen Kone establishing himself as a regular in the starting line-up. The midfielder has made an appearance in every match for Toulouse and has started 14 of them.
Manu Kone will be the second player to arrive at Borussia Park this January after Joe Scally.
AC Milan Likely to Go for Mohamed Simakan
A central defender has been the prime target for AC Milan this season, and now with Kone moving to Germany, AC Milan will likely focus more on signing Mohamed Simakan. The Italian giants had earlier made a €15 million bid for the 20-year-old Strasbourg defender.
Simakan has been one of the brighter spots for Strasbourg in what has been a poor start for the season.