Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool will sign Ibrahima Konate on five-year deal
Liverpool are set to complete the signing of Ibrahima Konate on a five-year contract, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the central defender for some time. A deal is now close to completion, with personal terms also agreed.
Konate will check in from RB Leipzig and will bolster Liverpool’s defensive ranks considerably.
During the 2020/21 campaign, he made 21 appearances and scored one goal for the Bundesliga outfit.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on their way back from serious knee injuries, Konate will certainly strengthen the back four until they can return.
A five-year deal showcases commitment by Liverpool, with the club keen to tie down the 22-year-old ahead of his best years.
The 2020/21 campaign has been a struggle for the Reds. Their title defence ended with a whimper and Jurgen Klopp will want to roar back next season.
Konate is a modern-day defender and a player who typically likes to play the ball out from the back.
Klopp does have Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams in his ranks too, although the latter is still extremely raw.
Now it seems as though Konate is a certainty to arrive at Anfield and that represents a positive step in the right direction.
The youngster will cost the Reds around £30 million when he finally signs for the club.
TBR View: Konate could prove quality Anfield addition
The young Frenchman boast a lot of experience at a young age and that should bode well over his move to the Premier League.
He’s made 95 appearances for Leipzig and after losing Dayot Upamecano this represents another blow for them.
Konate won’t break the bank and tying him down to a long-term contract certainly looks like a good idea.
Although Phillips has looked good this season, he perhaps won’t be viewed as a long-term option at Liverpool.
The £34,000-a-week player looks like a nice fit for the Reds though and his profile is typical of a Liverpool signing.
It will be intriguing to see how the defender takes to life in the Premier League.
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