Ibrahima Konaté is always closer to Liverpool. According to information from the Guardian, the French RB Leipzig should formalize his departure for England at the end of the season. The Reds will activate Konaté’s release clause to strengthen their central defender.
Liverpool are preparing for the future. After a season marked by significant difficulties with its central defense – following the injuries of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip – the Reds are already looking to next year. And according to information from the very serious Guardian, the Mersey club have already found one of the members of its future central hinge.
A transfer to 35 million euros
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, specializing in transfer window information, Ibrahima Konaté, 21-year-old defender of RB Leipzig, is expected to sign a five-year contract with Liverpool in the coming days. Jürgen Klopp’s club, who particularly appreciate the Frenchman, should activate Konaté’s € 35 million release clause.
Still according to Romano, everything would be ready for the signing of the contract. Konaté, who was followed by several other English clubs including Chelsea, would have reached an agreement with the leaders of Liverpool to join the club next summer. This season, the Frenchman is gradually regaining playing time after an almost blank 2019-2020 year due to injuries.
What about Kabak in Liverpool?
On the side of Liverpool, this announcement could serve as good news while the Reds had to count on the former undesirable Nathaniel Phillips and especially to be loaned Ozan Kabak last February in order to compensate for the long-term injuries of the usual holders.
Liverpool also has a purchase option of 18 million euros to permanently secure the services of Kabak. If he performs well since his arrival, the recruitment of the Turk could be called into question by the future signing of Konaté.