Liverpool have reportedly agreed to terms with Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig for the upcoming summer transfer window.
Liverpool have faced a severe injury crisis this season. The Reds lost both their first choice defenders- Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez at the start of the season to long term injuries. Backup choices such as Jordan Henderson, Joel Matip and Fabinho have also been in and out of the first team due to injuries.
Jurgen Klopp had no other option but to sign a centre-back in the winter transfer market and Ozan Kabak of Schalke 04 was signed on a six-month loan. However, the Turkish defender has failed to impress and Fabrizio Romano has reported that Liverpool are unclear about extending the 21-year-old centre-back’s stay at Anfield.
With that being said, The Guardian has reported that Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig has agreed to personal terms with Liverpool after agreeing to a 30.5 million pound move with his parent club. The 21-year-old French defender will be a Red from next season onwards and is expected to compete with Joe Gomez for a place in the starting eleven with Virgil van Dijk.
Konate has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with Liverpool and is expected to be the future centre-back to lead the backline. The French defender is a highly rated Bundesliga talent and was on the radar of several other top clubs including Manchester United and Real Madrid before agreeing to a transfer to the 2019/20 Premier League champions.
However, the physicality and the aggressive style of play in the Premier League could turn out to be a challenge for Ibrahima Konate. This season in the Premier League, several new signings from the Bundesliga have struggled to adapt to the brash physical nature of the English top-flight. Ozan Kabak is a prime example of being a highly rated talent in Germany who has failed to adapt to the English game.
While the price tag for Konate seems to be good business given the competition, it all comes down to whether the Frenchman can adapt his game to one of the toughest leagues in the world.
Will Ibrahima Konate turn out to be another Ozan Kabak for Liverpool or will he succeed?