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A proposed switch to Liverpool is "not an option" for Ibrahima Konate, according to RB Leipzig's sporting director Markus Krosche.
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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© supplied by Sofoot Konaté to Liverpool? Maybe when he has been rested. Author of a good service this Sunday facing Russia during the euro hopes ( 0-2 ), ibrahima konaté is insistence on the Liverpool side. According to The Athletic , the English club would even be about to finalize its transfer to disembark the central defender of the RB Leipzig this summer, by paying his liberating clause of 41.5 million euros.
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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Speaking on the latest Here We Go podcast, Fabrizio Romano has been discussing Liverpool’s reported interest in the RB Leipzig defender, Ibrahima Konate. The Reds were linked with Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano in January, however, Bayern Munich beat them to the defender who will join the Bundesliga leaders in the summer. As a result, Jurgen Klopp […]The Reds were linked with Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano in January, however, Bayern Munich beat them to the defender who will join the Bundesliga leaders in the summer.
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.
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Many Liverpool fans have been sharing their excitement following a report from Anfield Central that Ibrahima Konate has agreed personal terms with the club. This report has since been shared on Twitter, which prompted a lot of excitement among some of the Anfield faithful. Michael Edwards is still reportedly trying to negotiate with RB Leipzig […]This report has since been shared on Twitter, which prompted a lot of excitement among some of the Anfield faithful.