Ibrahima Konate named Timo Werner of Chelsea in front of Erling Haaland as the trickiest striker he’s faced in his career, speaking to UMM.

RB Leipzig’s young defender has been on the Blues radar for a while.

ESPN reported last month that there was contact between Konate and Chelsea, despite Liverpool looking most likely to lure him from the Bundesliga.

TSG Hoffenheim v RB Leipzig - Bundesliga
SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 16: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig during the Bundesliga match between TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig at PreZero-Arena on December 16, 2020 in Sinsheim, Germany. Sporting stadiums around Germany remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old won’t have eased the excitement inside Stamford Bridge about a possible transfer during his latest social media activity.

Konate was asked to rank Robert Lewandoski, Werner and Haaland in order of toughest forward he’s come up against.

Lewandoski was first, with Werner coming in ahead of Borussia Dortmund’s no.9.

This may seem like a bold and very surprising selection, especially when you compare the current form of Haaland and Werner.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Timo Werner of Chelsea looks on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on March 04, 2021 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Chelsea’s German attacker has scored just twice in 31 games for club and country.

Haaland is on a run of 33 goals in 33 games for Dortmund alone.

However, Konate does have first hand experience of dealing with Werner, week-in-week-out.

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MUNICH, GERMANY – OCTOBER 28: Timo Werner of Leipzig is replaced by Ibrahima Konate during the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and RB Leipzig at Allianz Arena on October 28, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The pair played together 57 times for Leipzig for three seasons before the latter made his major money move to England last summer.

In another universe, Konate might be calling Werner and Haaland teammates at Chelsea, rather than adversaries.

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