Ibrahima Konate will cost less than expected, according to reports. Liverpool supposedly want the player.
This comes from Bild’s Christian Falk. He claims that Ibrahima Konate will cost around £6m less than expected.
“He doesn’t have seem to be that expensive after all,” he said.
“The nice news is they’ve always talked about €40m plus, but he’s supposed to cost, according to our information, the transfer fee is €32.5m- €34m.”
That would mean Konate could end up costing around £27m – a solid £6m less than previously anticipated.
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This will be wonderful news for Liverpool. Another recent report from Bild claimed they were hoping to save money on a transfer.
They prioritised saving money so much, in fact, that it could be the difference between signing Konate or Ozan Kabak. Liverpool were working on the basis that the signing the Turkish international permanently would save cash.
Liverpool hadn’t made a formal enquiry to RB Leipzig over Konate and thus hadn’t had a look at the ins and outs of his release clause. It turning out to be easier than expected is a happy surprise, then.
Now, he will still be more expensive than Kabak. The BBC has the option there at just £18m – around £10m less than Konate.
That means Liverpool have an obvious question to answer: is Konate worth £10m more than Kabak? It’s not a simple one.
Konate has more experience in a top side than Kabak, though he is slightly older. He also has injury worries that the latter doesn’t.
But Kabak does hold the advantage of already being at the club. Liverpool will know exactly what he’s like, how he fits in, and what they can expect from him.
With Konate, it’s more of a risk. A £10m risk worth taking?