Liverpool formalized the recruitment of Ibrahima Konaté, a 22-year-old French defender on Friday. Formed in Sochaux, the French hope leaves the Bundesliga and RB Leipzig. According to the English press, the Reds have paid the release clause, an amount estimated at 42 million euros.
It’s now official: Ibrahima Konaté is a Liverpool player. The Reds confirmed on Friday the recruitment of the 22-year-old French defender, international Espoirs, who has played so far with RB Leipzig. The transfer will be effective on July 1, subject to obtaining the work permit.
“I’m really happy to join a club as important as Liverpool,” Konate told the club’s official website. “It’s a really exciting time for me and my family and I’m really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff , and start this new chapter. Right now I’m focusing on the U21 European Championship with France, but after this competition I know I will join one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a feeling of pride. “
“I have been following him since Sochaux”, assures Klopp
It has been four seasons that Konaté wore the colors of RB Leipzig, in the Bundesliga, playing 96 games in total. Trained in Sochaux, the player was in the sights of Jürgen Klopp for a long time. “I’m really happy that we were able to add a player of Ibrahima’s quality to our squad and he’s someone I’ve admired for a long time, ever since I first realized his potential when he was at Sochaux, commented Klopp, for the official Liverpool website. We are recruiting a player who will add to the quality that we already have here. His physical qualities are very impressive. He is fast, he is very strong and he is strong in the air.”
At Liverpool, the defensive sector has been decimated this season with numerous injuries, including that of Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool wanted to strengthen in defense and laid a foundation stone in their transfer window with the signing of Konaté. The amount of the transaction and the length of his contract have not been officially announced. The English press indicated that Liverpool would pay the player’s release clause, estimated at nearly 42 million euros.