Ibrahima Konate, RB Leipzig’s star defender, has now been eyed by Liverpool as a probable defence partner for Virgil van Dijk. The Reds are planning to launch a £40m bid to pursue the German team’s star defender.
According to RB Leipzig’s sporting director Markus Krosche, they will not sell the player to Liverpool. This, according to him, is due to konate’s ‘ extremely important ‘ stature at the German club.
“I think that this is not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said of Konate, who has played 15 matches in all competitions this season for Leipzig.
“Ibu has a long contract with us and he knows what we mean to him and what he means to us. He was unlucky last year as he had a long-term injury but this year he is developing well and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potentials”, he further added.
Krosche also insisted that they want Ibrahima to flourish here in Germany. With RB Leipzig being a top-tier team in Europe, he sees Ibrahim as a key cog for their future plans.
“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.”
It all started when rumours surfaced regarding Liverpool preparing a deal for Konate, whose contract reportedly holds a release clause of around £34.15m (€40m).
Nonetheless, the speculations have been shut off by RB Leipzig director Krosche given his recent statement.
Ibrahim Konate is not happy with the ‘amount of playing time’ at RB Leipzig
Krosche has written off any possibility of Konate’s switching to any other club. Still, the debate regarding Konate’s transfer doesn’t seem like ending anytime soon. According to several media reports, Konate is unhappy with his playing time at the German club. The French player showcased his unhappiness via random interviews to a list of famous sports journals.
Liverpool, on the other side, is still struggling with the injury blows to their key players like Virgil van Dijk, Diogo Jota, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip. Hence, they got all the big reasons to look out for players of Konate’s stature.
Konate, on the other side, may look at this opportunity as the only way to get his desires fulfilled. Discussing RB Leipzig, they currently stand four points adrift of table-toppers Bayern Munich in Bundesliga.
Hence, they will be doing everything possible to make their star defender stay, at least for the current season. No matter how it goes in this high octane transfer drama, we will keep you informed about every single development.
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