Liverpool reach agreement with Leipzig over Konate transferMay 28, 2021
Liverpool have announced that they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig for the transfer of France youth international Ibrahima Konate.
There had been rival interest in Konate, who has enjoyed a promising campaign for Leipzig in the Bundesliga.
But Liverpool have been in the driving seat for some time and The Athletic first revealed they were in the process of finalising a deal for him in David Ornstein’s weekly column in March.
What has been said?
Konate told Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.
“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.
“Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.
“I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my teammates, the staff and especially the fans.
“Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it.”
Who is Konate?
Despite injuries limiting Konate to fewer than 100 appearances for Leipzig, he is among the most promising talents in his position.
Konate has been linked to a number of Europe’s biggest teams, having established himself in the heart of Leipzig’s defence alongside his compatriot Dayot Upamecano, who is primed to join Bayern Munich this summer.
Konate, who stands at 6ft 4ins, is a part of the France Under-21 team which will this month play Holland in the quarter-finals of the U21 European Championship in Hungary and Slovenia.
What are Liverpool’s defensive plans this summer?
Liverpool made Konate one of their primary transfer targets earlier this year.
It is understood that Liverpool do not intend to sign Kabak, who arrived at the club on loan from Schalke in January.
Liverpool have the option to make that loan move permanent for £18 million plus add ons, but have decided against such a plan.
Kabak, who made 13 appearances after arriving on loan from Schalke, is aware of Liverpool’s intentions and is now speaking to other clubs, having attracted the interest of Leipzig.
Kabak had hoped to stay at Anfield on a permanent basis after relishing the opportunity to work with Klopp in recent months.
A decision on the future of 24-year-old English defender Nat Phillips has not yet been made.