Liverpool want to confirm their suspicion before signing Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. The Reds are close on this one.
This comes from Bild journalist Christian Falk. He claims that Liverpool are very close to signing Ibrahima Konate.
There’s just one major part left, it seems – combing through data again. Liverpool want to make sure they’re completely up to date with his injuries.
“It’s quiet, so they’re really in the final stages of the transfer now,” said Falk. “I heard they’re going through, and they’re just going through all the data again as he’s had a few injuries.”
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This will be Liverpool wanting to confirm their suspicions that Konate’s injury history is just bad luck or poor management, rather than an injury-prone player.
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And that requires checking. Konate’s injury history is very bad and there’s next to no chance that Liverpool would sign him if they thought it was going to continue.
Effectively, they need to take a chance on their due-diligence, there. They’ll comb through all of that data to get a proper idea of why and how Konate has these injuries.
If it’s something they can fix, then there’s a £28m bargain on the table. If they can’t fix it, though, then Konate isn’t worth that money, in our opinion.
The one thing Liverpool can’t do this summer, after all, is bring in an unreliable centre-back. There will be fitness doubts over every other first-team option – all three may face spells out again.
Thus the new signing must be fit all season, or at least be capable of doing that. Konate has never actually done that before, though.
So it would be a disaster if he were just a player with awful injury problems. Liverpool must make sure that isn’t the case before closing this deal.