Liverpool have made their choice between Ozan Kabak and Ibrahima Konate, according to reports. It will set off a transfer chain.
This comes from the Daily Mail. They claim Liverpool will sign Ibrahima Konate over Ozan Kabak. They’re yet to notify the Turkish international of this but they won’t move forward with him.
Kabak is currently at Liverpool on loan, of course, and they can make the move permanent for around £18m. The Reds have had the opportunity to look at him since February 1st before making a decision.
The spanner in the works was always Konate, though. As we wrote a few days ago, Kabak’s future didn’t appear to be in his hands. Instead, Liverpool would only keep him if a deal for Konate wasn’t possible.
There was, maybe is, a chance of that. The Times claims Konate’s £40m release clause must be paid in full and Liverpool aren’t sure they can do that.
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The Mail claims it’s really just a matter of time before the Reds pay it, however. They want Konate and that leaves no room for Kabak.
Interestingly, their futures are intertwined. RB Leipzig will apparently move for Kabak on losing Konate, seeing him as the most suitable replacement.
And they’re probably right. Both players are roughly the same age and there’s no doubting Kabak’s potential. Leipzig’s track record suggests they’ll quickly turn him into a star.
Ozan Kabak vs Ibrahima Konate
We can’t blame Liverpool for their choice. Konate does appear to have the bigger future and is relatively proven at the top level.
But we wouldn’t say it’s the absolute end of Kabak’s chances. If he were to join Leipzig, Liverpool would keep an eye on him – they’d be mad not to.
Leipzig operate on buying players, developing them and selling for profit. The door will always be open for Kabak to leave. Liverpool may well be at the front of the queue when he does, should he fulfil his potential.
After all, he’d have more experience, be a better player and know the club already. It would make Kabak a prime target.
As for Konate, it does feel like a major signing. He’s one of the most promising young defenders around right now and that’s what Liverpool need. He could immediately play, while also offering a clear future post-Virgil van Dijk.
We still need to see everything confirmed, of course, but we can’t help but feel excited.