Ibrahima Konate says his telephone has been ‘ringing everywhere’ amid studies the RB Leipzig centre-back is closing in on a transfer to Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp’s males have endured a tough 2020/21 marketing campaign and are already making strikes to strengthen their squad in the summertime.
And it seems they’re beginning with the realm on the pitch that has dogged all of them season – their defence.
Liverpool have been linked with a bunch of centre-back targets this 12 months following long-term accidents to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez which have left Klopp desperately brief on back-four choices.
The membership agreed offers on a budget for Schalke’s Ozan Kabak [loan with an option to buy] and Preston’s Ben Davies [permanent transfer] in January, but it surely was already anticipated the Reds would make a extra long-term signing when the summer season switch window opened.
And in response to studies rising on Monday, it seems the champions are near agreeing the Premier League’s first main signing of the summer season switch window.
The Athletic declare Liverpool have made contact with French centre-half Konate and are actually finalising a deal to convey the 21-year-old to Anfield.
Konate, although, has remained unfazed by the latest switch hyperlinks.
“I wakened, I noticed my telephone ringing everywhere,” Konate informed L’Equipe.
“I simply needed to inform them, ‘Hey, I performed yesterday, I’m drained, depart me alone’.
“Frankly, I don’t even watch this. We are able to’t give attention to that, there are the Euros after which my return to the membership. You need to give attention to that and never on the exterior issues.”
It’s claimed Liverpool aren’t the one suitors for the France Beneath-21 worldwide, however talks with the Reds are at a sophisticated stage.
Leipzig are underneath no stress to promote, and so any purchaser must pay the defender’s launch clause – considered round £34million [€40m] – in full to land him this summer season.
However that, triggering his launch clause, means Liverpool haven’t wanted to make direct contact with Leipzig to get to this stage of the deal, though it’s claimed the Bundesliga facet are conscious of Liverpool’s transfer.
Konate joined Leipzig from French Ligue 2 membership Sochaux in June 2017, signing a five-year deal.
He has been restricted to lower than 100 appearances for the German facet since his arrival, primarily on account of accidents, however remains to be thought to be one of many prime defensive abilities of his age group in Europe.
He was even hailed as ‘so good that he might play for Actual Madrid or Barcelona at some point’ by his former supervisor Ralf Rangnick following his arrival on the Bundesliga outfit.
He’s at present on worldwide obligation with France’s Beneath-21s facet on the European Championship, having but to make his senior debut for the World Cup-winning crew.
Liverpool have been one of many golf equipment linked with an curiosity in Dayot Upamecano, however after he agreed to hitch Bayern Munich on the finish of the season, the Reds have moved for his Leipzig teammate as an alternative.
And the Reds might but verify one other everlasting deal for a centre-back, with a choice to be make over whether or not to set off the £18million choice to buy Turkey worldwide Kabak who, after a tough begin, has impressed on the again in latest video games.