Liverpool will offer a five-year deal to RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate if negotiations continue to progress, according to one journalist.
The Reds head into the summer transfer window looking to bolster their ranks at the back. They began the season with only three senior centre-halves, all of which have suffered long-term injuries. Therefore, manager Jurgen Klopp wants more options in the event of another damaging run of bad luck.
France Under-21 international Konate is one player who is supposedly firmly on Liverpool‘s radar.
The Athletic‘s David Ornstein claimed last month ‘advanced’ talks had begun between the Anfield club and Leipzig.
Talk of the transfer has since gone quiet, but transfer guru Fabrizio Romano has provided another update.
Indeed, he revealed details of Liverpool’s contract plans if they make another breakthrough in discussions.
“He’s one of the ‘top targets’ in the list and #LFC will be offering a five-years contract.
“Not done or agreed, as of today. RB Leipzig will only sell Konate if the full release clause will be paid.”
Reports from Goal claim that Konate’s exit fee stands at £35million.
Konate denies Liverpool transfer links
Amid the rife speculation over his future, though, the player himself has played down the links with Liverpool.
He told Bild: “There are often rumours in football and many believe them immediately.
“I or my agents didn’t get a call from Liverpool. I also have big goals with RB Leipzig: These are currently the best possible results in the Bundesliga, reaching the cup final and the U21 European Championship with France.”
Liverpool also have current loan star Ozan Kabak on their radar. As such, the Turkey international is using his temporary spell at Anfield to prove his worth to club chiefs.
Kabak has formed a partnership with Nat Phillips, which has quickly become the club’s longest-serving pairing of the season.