Liverpool have added RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate to their listing of potential January targets, in line with Bundesliga skilled Christian Falk.
The Reds’ defence of the Premier League title has come beneath pressure after high-profile accidents. Virgil van Dijk – so essential within the title-winning marketing campaign – may miss the remainder of the marketing campaign.
The Netherlands captain has undergone surgical procedure on the ACL harm picked up towards Everton. It’s contact and go as as to whether he performs once more this time period whereas Joe Gomez can also be out.
The England stopper has gone beneath the surgeon’s knife after struggling a knee drawback coaching with England. Gomez’s prognosis is much like Van Dijk’s and the boss should wait to see in the event that they play once more in 2020-2021.
That has, predictably, led the membership being linked with a string of doable defensive signings.
The likes of David Alaba, Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly have been talked about as high-profile targets.
Nevertheless, Bild journalist Falk claims Liverpool’s most important goal is barely extra modest within the form of Konate.
The 21-year-old is highly-regarded by Leipzig and has made 83 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit. Capped 11 instances by France U21s, he just lately shot to fame after shutting out Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in a Champions League match. That type has led to reported curiosity from Arsenal.
Nevertheless, Liverpool are additionally very a lot in pursuit, in line with Falk.
“Upamecano is on the prime of the listing of many prime golf equipment and naturally that features Liverpool,” he informed Bild.
“Bayern Munich are additionally an possibility, but it surely’s going to be laborious to go that approach, in order that they take a look at different gamers.
“They don’t even look that far, simply to the facet of Upmecano at his teammate (Konate).
“They (Liverpool) have grow to be conscious of the worth of his contract, which runs till 2023, and he can be financially inexpensive for Liverpool.
“He’s additionally very, very fascinating by way of enjoying fashion, which is analogous, in order that they might be one of many groups to take him to the island.”
Klopp price range and Konate valuation
As per reviews, any deal for Konate is more likely to price round £45m. Leipzig, although, are reported to be against his sale in January.