A revelation over the cost for Ibrahima Konate works against Ozan Kabak. Liverpool will reportedly choose between the two players.
It appears that Liverpool will pick between Ibrahima Konate and Ozan Kabak this summer. That’s according to Bild, certainly.
They claim it could come down to price, however. Liverpool want to save money where they can and that will likely mean picking the cheaper option.
That would be Kabak. The Turkish international can join Liverpool permanently for around £18m.
The club appears to believe there isn’t enough difference between them to be worth the extra for Konate. Though, that may change.
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Christian Falk, also from Bild, claims there was a surprise when Liverpool looked into Konate’s release clause. It seems he’ll cost around £6m less than initially thought.
“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,” he told Bild.
That changes things, then.
Liverpool could pick Konate up for roughly £10m more than Kabak, rather than £16m more. That’s a fairly large chunk and we wonder if it’s enough to swing this.
The fact Liverpool are looking at Konate at all tells us they prefer him. Kabak is already at the club, after all, and if he was the one, it would be clear.
Instead, Liverpool have eyes on another defender. This isn’t good news for Kabak, then.
The Reds will likely only bring in one centre-back and a cheaper Konate does look like a potential bargain. Liverpool apparently thought that anyway, even before the happy surprise with his cost.
Kabak has work to do, then. He’ll have to convince Liverpool that the difference in cost isn’t worth it – that he’s the man for them.
It won’t be an easy task now there isn’t too much between the fees.