Liverpool-linked Ibrahima Konate could be available for less than the £40million originally reported this summer, according to fresh claims.
After finding themselves short of options this season, the Reds are on the look out for a new central defender. Last week it emerged that Konate is a serious option, with some outlets even stating they are close to concluding a deal. However, those suggestions have been shot down, with an RB Leipzig chief saying he is not even an option for the Anfield club.
That could be due to Ozan Kabak, who is currently on loan with Jurgen Klopp’s side. Liverpool have the option to extend his time on Merseyside for £18million should they wish. That makes him much cheaper in comparison.
Although, it is not currently clear whether they will pursue that option. The Reds are believed to hopeful of driving that price down.
Financial issues at Kabak’s parent club Schalke could make that a real possibility too.
Attempting to sign both players is not thought to be a consideration at this stage, according to the Athletic’s James Pearce.
Liverpool could reconsider after Konate claim
But Liverpool could be further tempted into making a swoop for Konate after Christian Falk revealed that the Frenchman’s release clause is cheaper than first thought.
He claims that an offer of between €32.5million and €34million would be enough to secure his services. That’s between €6million and €7.5 million less than the fee quoted to begin with.
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Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have a great opportunity to close on the top four when they play Aston Villa.
Whether that drop is enough to push Liverpool into making their move remains to be seen. But a cut-price deal for a young and promising defender could be of major interest to them.
At just 21, Konate already has experience in the Bundesliga and has also featured in Europe. With time on his side, he has plenty of improvement left in him too, meaning he could prove to be a wise long-term investment.