Liverpool will pay the release clause for Ibrahima Konate in the coming days, according to reports. The Reds appear to have their cente-back.
This comes from Fabrizio Romano. The journalist tweeted this evening that Liverpool will pay the release clause and sign Ibrahima Konate.
It’ll happen in the next few days, says Romano, and cost the Reds around £30m.
Liverpool have already agreed everything with Konate, including his wage and a five-year contract. He’ll join from RB Leipzig this summer.
Liverpool to pay Konate release clause
Romano doesn’t usually got quite as committed as this unless it’s happening. It might be time to get excited, then.
Liverpool, of course, need a centre-back. They went into this season with just three and quite quickly saw them all ruled out for the campaign.
Signing a fourth option is absolutely vital and it appears they have their man.
Konate is, undoubtedly, an elite talent. He can do pretty much everything you want from a centre-back and is still just 21.
Finding a player at his age, with his potential, and with experience in both the Bundesliga and Champions League? It’s incredibly difficult.
Usually, you’d have to pay an absolute fortune, in fact. Konate’s release clause makes things easier, though, and the only real surprise is that Liverpool seem to be getting this one done quite easily.
We expected more competition for the player but, of course, there is a catch.
And you can’t really blame them for that. If Konate’s injuries are the result of underlying problems, that £30m ceases to be a bargain.
We can only hope that Liverpool have thoroughouly scouted the player and gone over the data to the point where they’re confidence. If Konate’s injuries are just bad luck, after all, they’re nothing to worry about.
Bild’s Christian Falk recently claimed that Liverpool were doing exactly that. They wanted to make sure his injuries were something they could work with.
It looks as though they’ve come out of that feeling positive, then. Konate may be a Liverpool player before long.
Attention can then turn to other areas – or, perhaps not. We’ve got to wonder what this would mean for Ozan Kabak.
Would Liverpool sign him permanently after signing Konate? We think it’s unlikely and there is certainly a question mark over his future now.