Liverpool’s signing of RB Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate looks to be edging closer, after Bundesliga journalist Christian Falk claimed that his agent is now in the process of finalising his summer switch to Anfield.
It has been widely reported that Liverpool will sign the young centre-back this summer, with Fabrizio Romano confirming it on Twitter recently, and after this latest update from Falk, it seems as if Reds fans can start to get excited about his imminent arrival.
The 21-year-old has been used sparingly in Julian Nagelsmann’s side this season, making just seven starts in the Bundesliga, averaging a less than impressive 6.56 rating.
However, he was a regular in the 2018/19 Bundesliga season, making 28 appearances and averaging an impressive 7.19 rating for his performances, which suggests that he certainly has the ability to make a positive impact at Anfield next season.
It has also been reported that those in the know at RB Leipzig believe that Konate has a higher ceiling than teammate Dayot Upamecano, who is set to join Bayern Munich this summer, which suggests that Liverpool could soon have a very good player on their hands for the future.
The £31.5m-rated centre-back has made 94 appearances for Die Roten Bullen since joining in 2017, in which he has contributed four goals and one assist, whilst he also has plenty of experience in the Champions League, which is impressive for someone who will only turn 22 later this month.
Given Liverpool’s defensive woes following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip this season, it seemed clear that they would add a centre-back to their ranks this summer, and Konate certainly has the potential to become a world-class working under Klopp over the next few seasons, which marks him out as a great signing ahead of the summer.
Klopp took the games of Van Dijk, Gomez and Matip to new levels and he’ll hope to do the same with Konate.
Hopefully, after Falk’s latest claim, the final details of the transfer will be sorted out, so then Liverpool can confirm their first big signing ahead of next season.