Liverpool’s search for a new center-back could bring them back to RB Leipzig this summer, with Ibrahima Konate apparently available.
Having already signed Naby Keita from the Bundesliga squad in 2018, it is reported that the French defender is now interested in the Reds, according to Sunday World.
Even more positively, AS report that the 21-year-old could be available for as little as £ 22million, which for a player valued at £ 31.5million right now is incredible value. Liverpool are unlikely to waste any time and must move now to secure the defender.
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Konate has slowly but surely carved out a great reputation in Germany as Leipzig continue to challenge Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga.
Since joining FC Sochaux-Montbéliard four years ago when he was just 17, the center-back has made 89 appearances for the club, including eight in the UEFA Champions League – an extremely respectable count for such a player. young.
Although he hasn’t played as often as usual over the past two seasons, with Leipzig boss Julien Nagelsmann preferring a starting pair from Dayot Upamecano and Willi Orban, his potential and promise is unmistakable.
After all, with his loving years, the 11-time French U21 international is very likely to improve.
Compared to Liverpool’s current center-back options, Konate improves on Rhys Williams and Joe Gomez with his 0.4 tackles per game, while also overcoming Gomez and Joel Matip in interceptions, according to WhoScored.
Considering he would likely be Virgil van Dijk’s partner, it’s intriguing to outdo the English man on these points.
For such a seasoned player at the time, with an advertised price so low, it seems like it would make perfect sense for Michael Edwards to rush for Konate and put an end to the Reds’ long search for a center-back. It will be a masterclass of a movement if he does.
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