Liverpool to sign Konate, what does that mean for Kabak

Ibrahima Konate

Konate joining the reds

Liverpool are set to trigger RB Leipzig centre back Ibrahima Konate’s €41 million release clause this summer as they seek defensive reinforcement, according to a report from The Athletic.

The Red’s title defence was derailed by early defensive injuries to Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, which left inexperienced pair Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams to fill in, whilst Fabinho and Jordan Henderson also deputised.

However, it seems that Jurgen Klopp has made a centre-back his first priority this summer, with rumours persisting since January linking Ibrahima Konate with a move to Merseyside. And it appears as though it is finally confirmed, with transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirming that the deal was well underway.

No desire to make Kabak permanent

With Konate seemingly on his way to England, one loser from this deal will be Ozan Kabak. The young Turkish defender joined Liverpool on loan from Schalke in January, and went on to appear nine times in the Premier League for Klopp’s side.

However, David Ornstein reports that the option to buy (£18 million) will be one that Liverpool will be declining, meaning that Kabak will be returning to Germany.

To make matters worse, his parent side Schalke were relegated from the Bundesliga this season, meaning that Kabak could well go from playing Real Madrid in the Champions League to playing in the 2.Bundesliga in a matter of months.

However, the Turk will be hoping that his performances for Liverpool, combined with a strong showing at the Euros this summer, will win him a move to a top-flight side before the season begins.




This article was edited by
Ben Browning.

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