English Premier League top side Liverpool have sign French central defender Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig on a long-term deal. Liverpool has not disclosed the fee for the 22-year-old player, who reportedly had a buyout clause of about £35m in his contract with the German club.
Ibrahima Konate Joins Liverpool
According to reports, Ibrahima Konate has already completed his medicals and agreed to personal terms, but his move remains subject to international clearance and a UK work permit. The player said: “It’s a really exciting moment for my family and me.”
The player will be the first summer transfer in the English Premier League and the latest in the Liverpool team after the signing of defender Ozan Kabak and Phillip. The club is also on its way to reject a chance to make Ozan Kabak’s deal a permanent one. The Reds had an option to sign 21-year-old Kabak for £18m with add-ons as part of the loan deal, bringing him to Anfield in January. They have told the Turkey international of their intentions, and he is speaking to other clubs.
Ibrahima Konate made 21 appearances for RB Leipzig this season as they finished second in the Bundesliga. His arrival would help bolster Liverpool’s backline, which suffered series of injuries last season. Liverpool secured a Champions League spot with a win over Crystal Palace on the final day of the season as they finished third in the Premier League.