Exclusive: Manager ‘broken-hearted’ as Liverpool take a major step towards sealing £54.2million transfer

Anfield Central understands that with Ibrahima Konate closing in on a move to Liverpool worth a total of £48.3million, RB Leipzig manager Jesse Marsch is ‘broken-hearted’.

When the American was announced as the new manager of RB Leipzig at the end of April, we reported that he had arranged talks with Konate in an 11th-hour attempt to convince the French defender to remain at the club.

Following a phone call with the soon-to-be Red, however, it became clear that there was nothing to be done as far as getting him to remain with the Bundesliga was concerned and the green light over a move to Merseyside was given.

Now, with Liverpool set to complete a deal worth a total of £54.2million, sources have told Anfield Central that Marsch is ‘broken-hearted’ at the prospect of missing out on working with Konate.

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LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MAY 16: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Ibrahima Konate of RasenBallsport Leipzig controls the ball during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and VfL Wolfsburg at Red Bull Arena on May 16, 2021 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

With his £70,000/week wages factored in, the deal to sign Konate will cost around £48.3m over the course of his five-year contract on Merseyside – not including performance-related bonuses and silverware-related clauses.

When Liverpool first began edging towards a deal becoming likely, we were told that RBL were reluctant to let Konate leave, considering him to be the future best centre-back in the world.

Of course, his contract having a release clause in it put the Bundesliga side in a tough spot.

Now, we’re told that Marsch is broken up about missing out on coaching Konate and Dayot Upamecano who is set to become a Bayern Munich star on July 1st.

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Leipzig’s Austrian head coach Ralph Hasenhuettl (L), Leipzig’s French defender Dayot Upamecano (C) and Leipzig’s French defender Ibrahima Konate celebrate after winning the German first division Bundesliga football match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Munich in Leipzig, eastern Germany on March 18, 2018. (Photo by ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP via Getty Images)

Konate’s 76.32% aerial duel success rate (per 90) is much better than Upamecano’s (61.98%) while his ground duel success rate is only marginally worse than his RB Leipzig partner.

Liverpool were interested in the soon-to-be Bayern star before the Bundesliga giants snapped him up.

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

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