Liverpool’s transfer summer remains uncertain, with finances for both the Reds and clubs all across Europe a question mark and potential incomings likely to depend on which fringe players eventually do depart in the coming months.
One thing that seems certain, though, is that Liverpool will sign a centre half. And that centre half will be RB Leipzig’s 21-year-old French international Ibrahima Konaté. And according to multiple reports today, the deal is nearly done.
From local Leipzig journalist Guido Schäfer to Twitter’s resident here we go hype-man Fabrizio Romano, the past few hours have seen a growing wave of sentiment suggesting the Konaté deal is moving from expected to imminent.
The final fee, which is tied to a release clause, has been proposed as falling in the range of €35M at the low end to €44M at the high end, with Liverpool believed to have been focused in recent weeks on negotiating payment structure.
As recently as Sunday, while Liverpool were busy wrapping up a Champions League place with a final day league victory, there had been some suggestions that disagreements over payment structure could be a stumbling block.
However, if that ever actually was, it appears not to have been overcome. Now, with the player having agreed personal terms for some time and having already undergone a partial medical, we wait for imminent to become official.