Exclusive: Deal to sign €40m starlet complete and will be announced after end of season

Liverpool have all but completed a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate and will complete the move following the end of the Premier League season.

That’s according to a source close to Anfield Central that claims the Frenchman’s move to Merseyside is close to completion.

The release clause still needs to be paid and more importantly, a medical still needs to be passed before a deal to sign Konate can be approved by Liverpool. There aren’t expected to be any hiccups but stranger things have happened.

However, a medical will only take place after the season ends whereafter his move to the club will be made official. Aside from remaining formalities, the deal is complete.

03 August 2019, Saxony, Leipzig: Soccer: Test match, RB Leipzig – Aston Villa, in the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig. Ibrahima Konate from Leipzig plays the ball. Photo: Robert Michael/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa (Photo by Robert Michael/picture alliance via Getty Images)

The 1.94m defender will arrive with high expectations after being linked with the Reds for months now. We reported in February that Michael Edwards had been tasked with signing him before the end of the season.

The sporting director has completed all the groundwork for the move and should be commended on signing one of the most exciting young players in all of Europe.

RB Leipzig coaching staff believe he’ll be the best defender in the world one day and that’s a measure of the player Liverpool are signing for a fee estimated to be around €40million.

Leipzig´s French defender Ibrahima Konate (Up C) jumps for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match RB Leipzig vs Bayer Leverkusen in Leipzig, eastern Germany, on November 11, 2018. (Photo by ROBERT MICHAEL / AFP)

Konate has just 1 goal this season but his height and aerial presence are expected to be a threat for Liverpool from corners and free-kicks next season. Alongside Virgil van Dijk, he and the Dutchman could see the Reds become the most dangerous team in the Premier League from set-pieces.

Liverpool are signing a top, top player in Konate and they’ve once again shown their transfer proficiency by doing all the hard work in the months leading up to the start of the summer window.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.


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