Goal has learned that Liverpool have agreed on a five-year contract with Ibrahima Konate. Liverpool have triggered Konate’s release clause, in the French defender’s contract with RB Leipzig.
The Reds have linked themselves to the RB Leipzig centre-half for some time.
And they are now ready to push a big-money deal through.
Liverpool have agreed to a long-term contract with the highly-rated defender. Indeed, an official deal could be wrapped up in the coming days.
This Is Why Liverpool Want Konate
Konate is attracting interest from the Reds for some time, now.
Jurgen Klopp suffered an injury crisis in 2020-21, with his defensive ranks feeling the full force of those blows.
Defenders Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip were among those resigned to lengthy spells on the sidelines.
This forced Klopp to promote academy graduates and with them, introduce fresh faces to the first team.
Ozan Kabak was among those acquired in January, in a loan agreement with Schalke.
But Kabak alone cannot offer the depth that Klopp now wants with his key players missing. So, defender Konate is a high-priority option to fill the gaps in Liverpool’s defence.
The 22-year-old may finally see a big-money move to England because Liverpool have triggered Konate’s release clause at long last.
The Details of the Deal
Konate’s release clause at Leipzig is worth a sum in excess of £35 million ($50m).
Despite this staggering fee, though, Liverpool are prepared to invest heavily in securing his services.
All of the relevant paperwork is now in place, and the two parties only need signatures to officiate the deal.
Liverpool will also want to conduct a medical examination.
Barring these minor details, those at Anfield are now confident that they can land their top target.