Liverpool in advanced talks with €35m-rated Bundesliga centre-back

The Merseyside giants have reached a verbal agreement with RB Leipzig over the transfer of Ibrahima Konate. The two sides are still in talks and the deal could be finalised before the end of the ongoing season or later this summer.

Although the Merseyside giants had primarily targeted Dayot Upamecano for the upcoming summer transfer, the Frenchman’s decision to join Bayern Munich has forced the club to set their sights on his defensive partner at Leipzig, in the form of the 21-year-old centre-back.

Much like his compatriot, Ibrahima is highly rated by fans and experts due to his imposing presence at the defence as well as the pace and athleticism that make him one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga.

U21 France international, though, has not been able to attract as much interest as Upamecano due to his poor injury record, having barely featured for the Bundesliga giants since the extremely successful 2018/19 season.

A torn muscle fibre in 2019 kept him out for a total of 225 days, thus restricting his game-time to a little over 500 minutes in the Bundesliga last campaign. Although Ibrahima did eventually recover from that problem, his fitness and injury issues have persisted, with Konate notably missing a total of 15 games in all tournaments this campaign.

It has left Julian Nagelsmann quite frustrated, with the German boss largely utilising Konate as a rotation player and often preferring the likes of Lukas Klostermann and Willi Orban ahead of him in the central defensive role. It does not bode well for the Reds that may have to fork out around €40m to secure the services of Konate this summer.