Liverpool are in talks to signal Ibrahima Konate, says Fabrizio Romano, however the switch knowledgeable warns the deal is way from finished at this stage.
Stories emerged earlier this week that the Reds are shut to creating the RB Leipzig star their first signing of the upcoming switch window.
Romano advised talkSPORT Liverpool are in talks with the centre-back’s agent however nothing has been signed but.
He added that the German membership usually are not prepared to hearken to any provides of lower than €40million (£34.2m), which is his reported launch clause.
The acquisition of Konate can be welcomed by Liverpool followers, who has been labelled as adequate to play for the likes of Barcelona and Actual Madrid.
Romano additionally claimed the Merseyside membership view him as ‘the most effective centre-backs for the longer term’.
Konate would additionally bolster Liverpool’s choices in defence, which has been stretched a variety of instances this time period with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez each sustaining long-term accidents this time period.
Nonetheless, Romano warned that Konate, regardless of being 21 years outdated, has amassed a good quantity of accidents already.
He was a part of Leipzig’s squad to face Liverpool on this season’s Champions League however didn’t function in both leg as he made his restoration from his newest knock.
Ibrahima Konate harm historical past
*Accidents in accordance with Transfermarkt
- November 2017 – November 2017 (Thigh)
- October 2019 – Might 2020 (Torn muscle fibre)
- Might 2020 – June 2020 (Torn muscle fibre)
- July 2020 – October 2020 (Torn muscle fibre)
- December 2020 – February 2021 (Ankle)
Romano advised talkSPORT: “Liverpool are in talks with the agent, they’re looking for out if they’ll signal the participant.
“The deal will not be finished, it’s not signed but. They’re in talks with the participant concerning the contract and every part – he has a launch clause with Leipzig, who need €40m (£34.2m).
“It’s not finished in the intervening time, they’re simply ready for the participant. He’s one of many targets on the checklist, they need a brand new centre-back in the summertime. It’s for positive not a finished deal.
“He’s in search of a five-year contract, he’s so appreciated. The one challenge may very well be concerning the accidents and everyone knows how it’s for Liverpool in the intervening time so they are going to wish to watch out.
“Leipzig need Liverpool to pay the €40m launch clause, they don’t wish to negotiate concerning the worth of Ibrahima Konate.
“Liverpool are satisfied that he is likely one of the greatest centre-backs for the longer term. Some are saying that he may very well be higher than [Dayot] Upamecano sooner or later. Think about how a lot potential this participant has.”