It is not believed that Liverpool are now looking to move for RB Leipzig center-back Ibrahima Konate, despite early reports suggesting a deal was about to end.
At the end of March, it was reported that Liverpool were ‘finalizing’ the signing of the 21-year-old, whose £ 35million release clause makes him one of the most affordable young defenders around. However, Leipzig immediately questioned the rumor, saying Liverpool were ‘not an option’ for Konate.
Things have calmed down a bit since then, but SportBILD (via Sport Witness) brought him back just to take him down. As the story goes, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff was so baffled by the story that he contacted Liverpool to find out what was going on, only to be told Konate was ‘not a problem’ ‘for Jurgen Klopp.
Konate is still expected to leave Leipzig this summer, but it is said with enough confidence that his next destination will not be Liverpool, who would not be interested in the center-back at this point.
It definitely doesn’t mean Liverpool won’t sign Konate, whose affordable release clause means things can change at any time, but most in Germany seem confused as to why this story has started to circulate.
Sky Deutschland recently said there was no concrete offer yet for Konate, although the Frenchman is increasingly unhappy with manager Julian Nagelsmann’s treatment, leaving the door open for a possible move.
Chelsea and Arsenal have recently been credited with an interest in Konate, and as Liverpool’s negotiations are not considered as close to completion as initial reports suggest, there could still be some twists and turns in this one.
As for Liverpool, they are still expects to pursue a new center-back this summer. BILD believes the man at the top of their wishlist is already at the club. Ozan Kabak, who has signed up on a half-season loan from Schalke, can become a permanent signatory by activating a call option which is around £ 18million.
The Turkey international has been solid since arriving at Anfield this summer. He has managed nine appearances in all competitions and, while he hasn’t completely sorted out Liverpool’s defensive problems, he’s done enough to show why he’s been touted as one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga. last season.
There have been rumors that Liverpool want to sign two center-backs this summer. Kabak appears to be the first, but all signs point to him not teaming up with Konate next year.
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