RB Leipzig might have to recover from losing both first-choice defenders now that Liverpool are said to be close to signing Ibrahima Konate.
The centre-back along with his partner, Dayot Upamecano, are two of the hottest young CB prospects and have been linked with indefinite moves out of the Red Bull club.
A month ago news broke that German giants, Bayern Munich, had won the race for Upamecano – making sure they’ve secured part of the transfer early in a bid to kill the race for him and stop others from highjacking their potential buy.
Move on a few weeks and it appears Ibrahima Konate is about to follow suit with him set to leave Germany and the Bundesliga altogether. The destination? Anfield, Liverpool.
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Liverpool are in talks to sign Ibrahima Konate – but the deal is far from done.
Reports emerged earlier this week that the Reds are close to making the RB Leipzig star their first signing of the upcoming transfer window for a fee of around £34m. (Via: talksport.com)
talkSPORT believes a deal is far from finalised and Liverpool are way off from announcing the same early confirmation that they’ve signed one of Europe’s breakout youngsters ahead of the summer transfer window.
Other outlets stand opposed to talkSPORTS and suggest the first part of Konate’s medical has been completed and the rest of the deal will be concluded at the end of the season – money, signatures and all.
.@FabrizioRomano: “Imagine how much potential this player [has]. So let’s see what happens with injuries, with the medicals and everything if Liverpool go on to sign the player. But for sure the potential of the player apart from the injuries is something great it seems.”
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) March 31, 2021
Defence is a priority for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool
Following a difficult campaign in trying to retain their English Premier League glory, the Anfield outfit is looking to work at the back before sorting out other pressing areas.
Konate ticks every block for the Reds and Klopp, even the fact he is said to be injury-prone. Nonetheless, at €40million (£34.2m) and only 21 years of age, he represents great business.
Bayern paid €42.5million (£37m), RB Leipzig, for Dayot Upamecano, close to what they are requesting from the Merseysiders for Ibrahima Konate.