Following the conclusion of the European leagues, football clubs have started to work on recruiting for the next season. After failing to defend the Premier League title, Liverpool FC is wasting no time improving the squad for next season. The Merseyside club is looking to sign RB Leipzig and French central Ibrahima Konate.
According to transfer journalist Fabrizio Romano, Liverpool You have agreed on the personal terms and the transfer fee with Konate. The English club has offered a contract until 2026. Liverpool will activate its termination clause worth 35 million euros.
Ibrahima Konaté to Liverpool, here we go soon! The deal is ready for completion, the personal terms agreed to in a five-year contract.
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 23, 2021
Konate has shone for RB Leipzig in limited playing time in recent seasons. His consistent performances had reportedly piqued the interest of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United. Jurgen Klopp has managed to beat Liverpool rivals to complete this transfer.
The French defender has made 21 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig this season. He averaged 0.4 tackles and 1.6 punts per game while scoring a goal for the German team. Considering his previous injury woes, it’s a big gamble for Liverpool to sign him. In the meantime, it’s good business for Leipzig as they signed the Frenchman for free in 2017 from FC Socheaux. Reports have suggested that there were doubts regarding the deal after Leipzig rejected an installment plan, but both clubs negotiated and resolved this issue. (Statistics courtesy:Who scored)
Dayot Upamecano and Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann will also leave the club in the summer as they were signed by Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Leipzig have secured replacements for both players and Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch will lead the first team from next season.
Meanwhile, Liverpool will get the much-needed depth on defense for next season. They suffered this season due to the injuries of Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez. Konate will provide them with adequate coverage and will eventually be able to replace them in the lineup after a couple of seasons. Konate currently plays the Euro U-21 in Hungary and Slovenia and will play a quarter-final match against the Netherlands U-21 on May 31.