RB Leipzig are willing to sell Ibrahima Konate for a moderate fee of just £22 million, according to reports. The French defender has already made it clear that he wants to join Liverpool this summer.
This comes from the Spanish publication AS. They say that Konate is ‘very tempted’ by the prospect of linking up with the team that sent Leipzig packing from the Champions League knockout stages last week.
Konate to Liverpool a no brainer
Indeed, Liverpool have also previously withheld an interest in his fellow countryman and central defensive counterpart, Dayot Upamecano.
However, despite Upamecano dominating the plaudits in the Bundesliga, do not let that underestimate how good Konate is alongside the imminent Bayern Munich star.
In fact, there have been murmurs from the German top-flight that will tell you that Konate is the more reliable of Julian Nagelsmann’s defensive duo.
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Konate, then, very much could be the defensive target that just refuses to go away amid an array of talented centre-back options, who have also been touted with an Anfield switch.
For us, this seems like a no-brainer from a Liverpool perspective. Konate is just 21-years-old, after all.
The upside for Jurgen Klopp is obvious. Konate would provide Liverpool with an immediate injection of quality coupled with the added bonus of longevity.
Also, at £22m, Liverpool could strike one of the bargains of the summer.
Having already secured an eye-watering fee for Upamecano, who will make the transition to the Allianz Arena in July, Leipzig are willing to accept a lower fee for his centre-back partner.
If Liverpool could secure Konate for just over a quarter of the price Manchester United forked out for Harry Maguire, then, suddenly talks of a Michael Edwards knighthood will only continue to intensify.
Even for a player with an injury record as notorious as Konate’s, this feels like a no-brainer from a Liverpool perspective.