The reports linking Liverpool to a move for RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konaté have ramped up in recent weeks, with recent reports saying the center-back had already undergone a medical exam with the Reds.
While there is no shortage of unsubstantiated rumours and speculation attributed to anonymous sources regarding the defender, the biggest news from a noteworthy source today comes from a tweet by Christian Falk, Head of Football at Bild. According to Falk, Konaté’s release clause is set somewhere between £32.5. and £34m.
Previous rumours had Liverpool prepared to shell out as much as £40 million for the 21-year-old Frenchman. While not a huge difference, it is noteworthy, especially for a club with a history of seeking discounts wherever possible.
This will be even more important in the upcoming window thanks to revenues lost to COVID-19 and the real possibility of missing out on Champion’s League qualification next year. It’s entirely possible that six or seven million Euros could be the difference between signing Konaté and not signing Konaté for Liverpool.
It’s anyone’s guess if Liverpool will actually sign the RB Leipzig defender at this point, but the consistent links with an exciting player with a high ceiling at a position of great need are a very good sign.