As the 2020-21 season came to a close, focus quickly turned to the transfer market and Liverpool’s potential summer needs, with centre half Ibrahima Konaté quickly signed and many expecting him to be joined by one first team signing in midfield and attack.
One of the early names linked was RB Leipzig’s Patson Daka, with early claims both Chelsea and the Reds were looking to poach him from the Austrian club. Those rumours continued into June before the story took a turn, with Daka said to have rejected the two Champions League clubs.
Instead, it was said that Leicester were his preferred destination, with the 22-year-old favouring a clearer path to regular minutes in the Premier League.
Today, that deal has officially gone through, and regardless whether the Reds or Chelsea were ever genuine possible destinations for Daka, the Zambian international is officially off the table after Leicester City announced the arrival of last season’s top scorer in the Austrian league.
While it was never entirely clear just how serious Liverpool’s interest was in the player, his age and skillset—not to mention experience in a similar system albeit at a lower level—did make him appear, at least on paper, like a reasonable target.
His fee, too, appears to have been reasonable, with reports Leicester paid just £23M for the young attacker who scored 34 goals in 42 total appearances last season—though he wasn’t able to score in Leipzig’s four group stage Champions League games or their subsequent two Europa League knockout matches.