Manchester United aren’t willing to match Liverpool’s risk over Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. They will instead pursue other targets.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim that Manchester United have looked at Ibrahima Konate but won’t pursue a move.
That’s despite United wanting a centre-back. They’ll move for Raphael Varane instead, as they can’t look past a red flag with Konate.
We’ve documented his injury problems before and it appears they worry United. Liverpool, on the other hand, want Konate.
The Mail’s report says as much but they’re certainly far from the only outlet reporting that. Bild’s Christian Falk recently claimed the deal was in the final stages, in fact.
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It would cost Liverpool around £28m – they just need to go over his injury data some more.
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We can’t exactly blame United for that. Konate’s injury record worries us, too – it’s the only real red flag with the move.
Konate is young but experienced at the top level, with sensational potential. He’s exactly what Liverpool could use and £28m may end up being a bargain.
But if he’s as injury prone as he seems, then it’s an overspend. That’s the risk Liverpool take on this one.
It’s enough to put United off, while Liverpool look set to take a chance on it. It makes sense to go over that data, as Bild report, as you pretty much need to prove there isn’t an underlying problem.
If Liverpool get this one right, United will be gutted they didn’t push harder. Make no mistake about that.
But there is a chance it goes the other way. If Konate ends up as injury prone as some, Liverpool will be looking to buy a new centre-back again within the next few years.