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Despite claims to the contrary, French media assures Ibrahima Konate has begun Liverpool medical


Ibrahima Konate

 

Speculation surrounding the future of RB Leipzig star Ibrahima Konate has continued to swirl across the European media on Tuesday.

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Central defender Konate’s name has of course taken centre stage in the transfer market over the last 48 hours.

This comes amid widespread claims that Premier League champions Liverpool are readying a summer assault for the 21-year-old.

The heart of the club’s backline has proven a major problem area for the Reds to this point in the campaign, amid a host of long-term injury problems.

Despite claims to the contrary, French media assures Ibrahima Konate has begun Liverpool medical

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And Konate, in turn, appears to have been identified as the kind of player ready to step into Jurgen Klopp’s ranks for years to come.

In fact, on Monday, the reliable David Ornstein of the Athletic went as far as to claim that the transfer chiefs on the red half of Merseyside were working towards ‘finalising’ a deal for the Frenchman.

This comes with Konate’s RB Leipzig contract containing a release clause worth just €40m.

Liverpool medical underway?

It therefore came as something of a surprise when, after being drawn on the rumours of an imminent Anfield switch for his side’s young stalwart earlier today, Leipzig director Markus Krösche explained:

‘I think that this is not an option for Ibu.’

‘He has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us.’

‘We want to help him to develop further, and we play in Europe and have a very good team, so I don’t see a reason for him to leave us.’

If the latest word stemming from the French media over the hours since is to be believed, however, then such comments appear to have been little more than posturing on Krösche’s part.

This comes amid claims that Konate, in fact, has already undergone the opening phase of a medical with Liverpool.

The info comes courtesy of RMC Sport (via GFFN), who also go on to add that the stopper’s entourage have made it clear that their client has a number of options on the table when it comes to his future.

 

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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