Ibrahima Konate agrees 5-year-deal with Liverpool ahead of £30.5m move


Liverpool are set to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig, having fought off huge competition from several other Premier League teams.

The French central defender has agreed a five-year contract with Jurgen Klopp’s side, according to The Guardian.

Klopp has followed the former Sochaux player for some time now and the Reds are now ready to pay the 21-year-old’s release clause of €35m (£30.5m).

Liverpool have had injury issues at centre-back throughout their Premier League title defence this season with Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joël Matip all being sidelined for the rest of the campaign.

The injuries made Liverpool sign Ozan Kabak on loan from Schalke and also Ben Davies for £1.6m from Preston North End in the January transfer window.

Though, the club still have the option of signing Kabak on a permanent deal for £18m in the summer and the defender has improved after a poor start, forming a solid defensive partnership with Nathaniel Phillips in recent weeks.

Liverpool have a good relationship with RB Leipzig, they also signed Naby Keita for £52.7m in 2018. And Konate has played 64 Bundesliga matches for RB Leipzig since joining in 2017.

Chelsea were one of the teams interested in signing the player this summer window but never got as far as making an official offer.


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