Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are long-term admirers of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate, a French player of Malian descent and have now triggered the £36million release clause in his contract.
According to Mirror in UK, Liverpool are expected to complete the signing of Ibrahima Konate within the next 48 hours.
Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are long-term admirers of the RB Leipzig centre-back and have now triggered the £36million release clause in his contract.
Konate has agreed personal terms with the Anfield giants and the deal is very close to completion.
The Frenchman will be Liverpool’s first major signing of the summer and will strengthen a defence that was hit hard with injuries last season.
Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to injury back in October and the Dutchman went on to miss the rest of the season.
Liverpool were also without both Joel Matip and Joe Gomez for long spells. The Reds attempted to sign Konate in January but were priced out of a move for the centre-back.
Jurgen Klopp said at the time: “You know the situation with centre-halves out there.
“You know the clubs where the centre-halves are playing, because everyone is talking about them. Tell me if one of these clubs needs the money and needs to sell a player?