Despite some back-and-forth drama over Liverpool making a move for RB Leipzig centre back Ibrahima Konaté, it appears that the relevant parties have now reached full agreement over a summer transfer.
According to Fabrizio Romano, personal terms have been agreed with the France U21 international over a 5-year contract. Thanks to the release clause in his current contract, Liverpool do not need to negotiate a transfer fee with Leipzig, and will directly pay the full €35m amount in the coming days. Presumably they were not counting on any windfall from The Super League to complete this transfer, having had to scrounge for center back help earlier this season thanks to their multitude of injuries at the position.
Konaté was one of many names reportedly on Chelsea’s centre back wish list for the summer, and while the 21-year-old could have been a frugal signing for us, it seems that we will be focusing our efforts elsewhere (i.e. Niklas Süle, and so on).
Ibrahima Konaté to Liverpool, here we go soon! The deal is set to be completed, personal terms agreed on a five-years contract.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 23, 2021
Liverpool will pay the release clause to RB Leipzig in the next days [around €35m] in order to finalize the signing of Konaté. #LFC https://t.co/N4OWqqXiGu