Ibrahima Konate may well prove to be a £36m bargain. That’s if other reported fees prove to be correct.
Liverpool went into this summer needing a centre-back. All three of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip picked up serious injuries last season, without any experienced players as cover.
So with no guarantee over their respective returns, Liverpool had to act. They did just that, signing Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig for what could be a bargain fee.
The Reds reportedly paid £36m for the player – his release clause. For that, they got a 22-year-old centre-back with both Bundesliga and Champions League experience.
He’s a player with massive potential and one who fits the bill to perfection. Not only is Konate ready to go right away but he’s young enough to move into his prime once Van Dijk and Matip slow down.
Liverpool couldn’t ask for more and with that in mind, £36m could prove to be a bargain.
Ibrahima Konate bargain
Liverpool weren’t the only ones heading into this transfer window with centre-backs on the mind. Both Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly did, too.
And both of those are moving towards new signings.
Arsenal, for instance, will apparently pay Brighton £50m for Ben White. That’s a deal that should show off just how good the Konate deal is.
£14m more for an older player with less experience. White has never featured in the Champions League, after all, and only has a single Premier League season under his belt.
United will apparently go bigger with their signing. They want Raphael Varane, per the Mirror, with Real Madrid demanding £55m.
Now, Varane is undoubtedly a better player than Konate right now. Far better. But he’s also 28 and heading into the final year of his contract.
Not only is that a huge fee for someone who will be free in a year but Varane doesn’t offer the long-term option Liverpool need. The Reds have senior centre-backs capable of delivering here and now, certainly.
£36m for Konate really feels like a fantastic deal, then. It’s a move that’s far, far cheaper than the others out there while offering everything Liverpool desired.
It’s one that undoubtedly deserves applause.