RB Leipzig anticipate Ibrahima Konate to hitch Liverpool this summer time and are ready for official affirmation that they are going to pay his €35m (£30.2m) launch clause.
Leipzig are already on the lookout for replacements for the French centre-back, who turned 22 on Tuesday and made 21 appearances in 2020-21.
Konate began eight Bundesliga video games for Leipzig this season, with the membership ending second, 13 factors behind champions Bayern Munich.
Bayern-bound Dayot Upamecano and Willi Orban performed the vast majority of the marketing campaign at centre-back, whereas Konate suffered an ankle damage in December which stored him out for 2 months.
Upon his return, Konate remained an unused substitute in each of Leipzig’s Champions League last-16 matches in opposition to Liverpool.
Leipzig misplaced that tie 4-0 on combination, with Liverpool profitable each matches 2-0 because of objectives from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in every leg.
Again in March, Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche stated the membership had been hopeful of retaining Konate, whose contract expires in June 2023.
“I feel that this isn’t an choice for Ibu,” Krosche stated of Konate. “He has a protracted contract with us and he is aware of what we imply to him and what he means to us.
“He was unfortunate final 12 months as he had a long-term damage however this 12 months he’s growing effectively and he’s an especially necessary participant that has plenty of potential.
“We need to assist him to develop additional, and we play in Europe and have an excellent workforce, so I do not see a motive for him to depart us.”
Liverpool had been handed a large blow when Virgil van Dijk was misplaced to a season-ending damage in October after which suffered extra damage woes when fellow centre-backs Joe Gomez and Joel Matip had been sidelined.
The Reds introduced in Ozan Kabak late within the January switch window on mortgage from Schalke for the rest of the season and signed Preston’s Ben Davies on a everlasting deal on Deadline Day.
Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams additionally loved common game-time this time period, and had been centre-back companions on the tail-end of the season as Liverpool secured a top-four place and Champions League soccer subsequent 12 months.