Liverpool are in the market for a new centre-back and have been offered Samuel Umtiti for as little as £6million but the Reds aren’t interested as they are set to sign Ibrahima Konate.
A source close to Anfield Central tells us that with his future at Camp Nou coming to an end, Umtiti’s agent is offering the 27-year-old to clubs around Europe, with both Manchester clubs contacted as well as Juventus, Lyon and Lille.
We’re unaware if these clubs are interested but Liverpool politely rejected the offer due to the impending arrival of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for a fee worth £40million.
His move to Anfield comes after an injury-ridden season which has seen Liverpool go from winning the Premier League to facing a season without Champions League football due to their current position in the table.
Even if Liverpool weren’t expecting Konate’s arrival following the end of the season, they would have rejected the chance to sign Umtiti due to his shocking injury history.
The World Cup winner has suffered 12 separate injuries since moving to Spain and this has decimated what promised to be an exciting career for the centre-back.
With Liverpool’s own central defenders battling to remain fit this season, it doesn’t make sense to sign an injury-prone player to solve the issue. That, and Umtiti’s £208,000/week wages don’t align with the club’s wage structure.
Critics will point to Konate’s injury history as being the same but the 21-year-old suffered one serious injury and has been coping with the setbacks that come with major knee injuries.
The two Frenchman have two different stories when it comes to injuries and unfortunately for Umtiti, his has not only cost him a career at Barcelona but it has also ruled out a move to Anfield.
Similarly, it’s unlikely that either Manchester club will take their chances on him despite the £6million asking price.