Exclusive: Liverpool working on completing Ibrahima Konate deal before end of season

A source close to Anfield Central can reveal that Liverpool are looking to complete a deal for Ibrahima Konate before the end of the season.

The RB Leipzig defender has a €40million (£34.1m) release clause and our sources report that with Jürgen Klopp looking to bolster his defensive options, Konate has been identified as the man to take his side forward.

The vultures are circling around the talented squad that Julian Nagelsmann has assembled, with Dayot Upamecano’s move to Bayern Munich made official this week.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – JUNE 17: Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig watches the warm up ahead of the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Red Bull Arena on June 17, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. PHOTO BY ALEXANDER HASSENSTEIN/GETTY IMAGES.

Liverpool aren’t as close to signing Konate but there is the sense that a deal will be close to being agreed in the next couple of months.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have been major losses for Liverpool while Joel Matip’s inability to remain fit has been disastrous for the Reds. Konate (21) is a thrilling prospect and standing at 6ft3, he’s a man-mountain even if he’s still shorter than van Dijk and Matip.

The word at Kirkby is that there is no doubt that Liverpool’s miracle worker and sporting director, Michael Edwards, will have no trouble arranging Konate’s transfer to the club in the summer.

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – OCTOBER 20: (BILD ZEITUNG OUT) Ibrahima Konate of RasenBallsport Leipzig looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between RB Leipzig and Istanbul Basaksehir at Red Bull Arena on October 20, 2020 in Leipzig, Germany. PHOTO BY MARIO HOMMES/DEFODI IMAGES VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Signing a player with Konate’s potential for below £35million will be another feather in Edwards’ cap after securing the likes of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for similar fees in the past.

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

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