Big Liverpool transfer in motion as journalist ‘confirms’ Klopp summer deal

Jonny Whitfield
Ibrahima Konate, Emil Forsberg, Nordi Mukiele celebrate Werder Bremen v RB Leipzig April 2021

Liverpool will sign centre-back Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig this summer after agreeing to pay his release clause, according to reports.

The Reds are reportedly after a new centre-back to ease their concerns going into next season. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip have all suffered long-term injuries this term. But while that happening again is unlikely, Liverpool chiefs reportedly want four senior options in case.

Indeed, that would see them finally replace Dejan Lovren, who left for Zenit in 2019.

France Under-21 international Konate has had links with a move to Anfield for some time now.

Earlier this year, reports claimed that he had began house-hunting ahead of his switch. Furthermore, personal terms have not posed a problem and have been agreed.

In fact, journalist Fabrizio Romano claims (via Twitter) that Liverpool and the player agreed those terms back in April.

The reporter adds in his latest update: “Liverpool will complete the signing of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, confirmed.

“He’ll join LFC soon. Personal terms agreed since April until June 2026. Here we go soon…”

Meanwhile, German publication Sport Buzzer claims that Konate is ‘almost certain’ to join Liverpool.

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Liverpool are being linked with a £43m move for Antoine Griezmann, while Man Utd look set to part ways with David James.

The €40million (£34million) release clause reportedly posed a problem for the Reds, in that they initially wanted to pay the fee in instalments as opposed to upfront.

However, the source now adds that Liverpool will pay the fee and secure his arrival.

Sport Buzzer adds that the £34million sum is a ‘lot of money’ for a player who arrived on a free transfer and did not play a key role this season due to injury.

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Meanwhile, Romano adds in his update that Liverpool – at this stage – appear ‘unlikely’ to keep Ozan Kabak.

Jurgen Klopp brought the Schalke defender in on loan in January, partly on the advice of good friend and ex-Schalke boss David Wagner.

While he has played a key role in plugging Liverpool’s gaps, though, they will likely pass on activating their purchase option in their deal.

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