Ibrahima Konate may now have a lower price, according to reports. But that comes with a catch for Liverpool.
AS claims RB Leipzig could accept a lower price for Ibrahima Konate. The player has a £39m release clause but they may sell for as little as £22m.
Now, that’s objectively good for Liverpool, who supposedly want the player. That’s what the Sunday World says – and they’re not the first.
And if he’s such a key target, paying £17m less for him is fantastic. No complaints there.
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But it does come with a catch.
Konate has a problem. He’s very injury-prone, or at least, he has been over recent seasons.
It casts some shade on his undoubtedly bright potential. Konate is a 21-year-old, athletic, intelligent centre-back with first-team experience in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
A player like that generates interest from everyone. Unless, of course, there are serious doubts over his fitness.
Then it comes down to who will take a £39m chance on him. It appears Liverpool were prepared to, presumably bringing him in as a third-choice option and hoping he develops into an elite player.
But not everyone will pay that money for that chance. However, at £22m? That will see far more clubs enter the fray.
If Liverpool ultimately get Konate, this apparent price-cut is a great thing. But it undoubtedly lowers their chances of securing his signing.
The AS report now mentions both Real Madrid and Barcelona as interested. We hadn’t seen their names come up before and we’ve written an awful lot on Konate.
This is one we’ll have to judge in hindsight. If Liverpool get Konate, the price-cut is fantastic.
But if they don’t, the Reds may be left cursing RB Leizpig’s flexibility.