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Sport Liverpool switch 'not an option' for Konate, claims RB Leipzig sporting director

00:38  30 march  2021
00:38  30 march  2021 Source:   goal.com

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Liverpool switch ' not an option ' for Konate , claims RB Leipzig sporting director .

RB Leipzig have moved to shoot down the prospect of Ibrahima Konate leaving for Liverpool this summer. The Athletic claimed on Monday that Liverpool were in “advanced talks” to sign the defender, while the player broke ground to say his phone had been ringing off the hook in light of the speculation. "I can't say anything on that topic," Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche told Stats Perform News when asked if he felt the defender would be on his way to Liverpool . "I think that this is not an option for Ibu.

A proposed switch to Liverpool is "not an option" for Ibrahima Konate, according to RB Leipzig's sporting director Markus Krosche.

a football player on a field: RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool © Bongarts RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate has reportedly attracted the interest of Liverpool

Reports surfaced on Monday claiming the reigning Premier League champions have made "significant progress" in their pursuit of the 21-year-old, who is said to have a €40million (£34m) release clause.

The highly rated centre-back, who was part of the France team that defeated Russia at the European Under-21 Championship on Sunday, revealed how his phone was "ringing all over the place" following the reports, though he insisted he was focused solely on the remainder of the season.

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Liverpool move is NOT an option for Ibrahima Konate this summer, insists RB Leipzig chief despite Jurgen Klopp seeking to wrap up £33m deal for in-demand centre-back. RB Leipzig have looked to play down Ibrahima Konate 's prospects of leaving for Liverpool this summer with sporting director Markus Krosche insisting a switch to Anfield is ' not an option '. Liverpool are hoping to finalise a £33million move for the French centre-back as they look to bolster their defensive options following a difficult season at the back in which Jurgen Klopp has been without both Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Ibrahima Konate will not be sold to Liverpool , according to RB Leipzig 's sporting director Markus Krosche, amid their reported interest in the centre-back. Academy graduates Nathaniel Phillips and Rhys Williams have also enjoyed regular game time this term with Jurgen Klopp enduring a defensive selection crisis. The Athletic have reported that Liverpool were close to finalising a deal for Konate , whose contract reportedly contains a release clause of around £34.15m (€40m), but Leipzig director Krosche said the 21-year-old France youth international has a big future ahead of him in Germany.

And Krosche, speaking exclusively to Stats Perform News, said he did not think a move to Liverpool would come to fruition, insisting the Bundesliga club are the perfect fit for the defender.

"I can't say anything on that topic. I think that this is not an option for Ibu [Konate]," Krosche explained.


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"He 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 longer injury but this year he is in a good way and he is an extremely important player that has a lot of potential.

"We want to help him to further develop, and we play internationally, have a very good team, so I don't see a reason for him to leave us."

Konate has not committed an error that led to a shot in any of his 15 games for Leipzig this season across all competitions.

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At the moment, Konate is with the France U21 side where he has retained a starting XI place despite making just 15 appearances for RB Leipzig this season. Sky Sports reports that he's quite concerned with the lack of playing time at the Bundesliga side which might help Liverpool 's case. The problem for RB Leipzig is that if Konate 's contract includes a release clause of around €40m as The Athletic claims , the matter will be out of their hands as they will have to accept an offer that will meet this requirement.

RB Leipzig are second in the Bundesliga with 57 points, four behind Bayern Munich, who they host on Saturday. Liverpool were handed a massive blow when Virgil Van Dijk was lost to a season-ending injury in October, and then suffered more injury woes when fellow centre backs Joe Gomez and Joel “I think that this is not an option for Ibu,” Krosche said of Konate , who has made 15 appearances in all competitions this season and has a contract at Leipzig until June 2023. “He 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

Injuries have restricted his appearances, though, as he has played just 17 Bundesliga matches since the start of last season, and he did not feature in the Champions League last-16 tie against Liverpool.

The Reds have been linked with many prospective centre-back reinforcements after struggling with their own injury issues for much of the season.

Leipzig will be particularly keen not to lose Konate given his defensive colleague Dayot Upamecano has already agreed a move to Bayern Munich at the end of the season.

Konate and Leipzig are in the middle of a title tussle with Bayern, whom they play on Saturday, while Liverpool are languishing in seventh with the possibility of missing out on Champions League football hanging over their heads.

Liverpool owners FSG can repeat Christian Benteke transfer trick to sign Klopp top target .
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has his sights set on one transfer this summer.Liverpool are able to use a similar tactic on RB Leipzig star Konate that the owners FSG utilised back in 2015 on Benteke.

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