Ibrahima Konate has reportedly said yes to a summer move to Liverpool worth a reported €35million as the Reds close in on their first signing of the window.
The Reds agreed on terms with Konate at the start of April after working hard to secure his signature after missing out on the chance to do so with Dayot Upamecano, with Bayern Munich moving exceptionally quickly to sign his RB Leipzig teammate.
What has Anfield Central been told about Konate?
According to Anfield Central’s sources, the deal is done and Liverpool have been given the green light to sign Konate but sources elsewhere suggest there is still more work to be done to get the deal over the line.
We were told that the coaching staff at RBL are devastated about losing Konate ahead of next season, with the former Sochaux man viewed as the future best defender in the world by his current coaches.
Now, after Michael Edwards was tasked back in February with signing the 6ft4 defender, it’s a matter of time before the deal is made official with an announcement only expected following the conclusion of the Premier League season.
What is being reported about Liverpool target Konate?
Todo Fichajes has claimed in a headline: ‘Konate says yes to Liverpool.’ They go onto suggest that an agreement has only now been reached with the defender and that the fee for the transfer will be €35million.
They also go on to add that although Konate has agreed to join Liverpool, he was actually waiting for a proposal from Real Madrid but Eder Militao’s improved form and the impending arrival of David Alaba from Bayern Munich meant it never arrived.
They also add the deal will be made official in the coming days although it’s unclear if they mean in the next week or just in the future.
Konate’s presence in the Liverpool squad will be a hugely welcome one as they aim to bounce back from a season in which injuries to defenders obliterated their chances of defending their Premier League crown.
The RB Leipzig centre-back is one of the best in the world when it comes to aerial duels and while Virgil van Dijk’s return is expected at the start of next season, it’s important for Liverpool to have strength in depth after the way this term panned out.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 4, 2021
Joe Gomez is also expected back next season after having knee surgery to fix a tendon which left a thick scar down his leg.
Liverpool will no doubt return to their best with a regular defensive setup they can rely on and Konate will play a major part both in the starting XI and in keeping van Dijk and Gomez on their toes.