Liverpool at the moment are not considered pursuing a transfer for RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, regardless of preliminary reviews suggesting a deal was near completion.
Late in March, it was reported that Liverpool had been ‘finalising’ the signing of the 21-year-old, whose £35m launch clause makes him probably the most inexpensive younger defenders round. Nonetheless, Leipzig instantly solid doubt on the hearsay by stating Liverpool was ‘not an choice’ for Konate.
Issues have gone somewhat quiet since then, however SportBILD (by way of Sport Witness) have introduced it again simply to shoot it down. Because the story goes, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff was so bemused by the story that he contacted Liverpool to search out out what was occurring, solely to be advised that Konate is ‘not a problem’ for Jurgen Klopp’s aspect.
It’s nonetheless anticipated that Konate will depart Leipzig this summer time, but it surely’s mentioned fairly confidently that his subsequent vacation spot will not be Liverpool, who are usually not considered within the centre-back at this level.
That does not definitively imply that Liverpool won’t signal Konate, whose inexpensive launch clause means issues can change at any given second, however most in Germany appear confused as to why this story began circulating within the first place.
Sky Deutschland not too long ago said that there was ‘no concrete supply’ for Konate simply but, though the Frenchman is considered more and more sad with supervisor Julian Nagelsmann’s therapy of him, leaving the door open to a possible transfer away.
Chelsea and Arsenal have each not too long ago been credited with an curiosity in Konate, and with Liverpool’s negotiations not considered anyplace close to as near completion as preliminary reviews recommend, there may nonetheless be some twists and turns on this one.
As for Liverpool, they are nonetheless anticipated to pursue a brand new centre-back this summer time. BILD imagine that the person on the prime of their want listing is already on the membership. Ozan Kabak, who joined on a half-season mortgage from Schalke, can turn out to be a everlasting signing by activating an choice to purchase which sits at across the £18m mark.
The Turkey worldwide has been stable since transferring to Anfield in the summertime. He has managed 9 appearances in all competitions, and though he hasn’t mounted Liverpool’s defensive issues utterly, he has carried out sufficient to indicate why he was billed as one of many Bundesliga’s most interesting younger defenders final season.
There have been rumours that Liverpool need to signal two centre-backs this summer time. Kabak appears prone to be the primary, however all of the indicators recommend he will not be partnering Konate subsequent yr.
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