KEY POINTS

  • Liverpool plans to make  a move for Ibrahima Konate this summer transfer window
  • Konate is seen as an investment for the Reds
  • Jurgen Klopp has multiple options, including players coming back to Anfield from loan spells

Arsenal big boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to improve the defensive side of Liverpool, and it appears he has a young player on his mind.

He is no other than Ibrahima Konate of RB Leipzig who is reportedly a target by the Reds this coming summer transfer window.

For Liverpoo l to get Konate, they would have to shell out roughly $57 million to get him to Anfield.

If they are successful, the French U-21 would be the Reds' first major signing as the team embarks on its tedious rebuild.

The emphasis on infusing young legs to the Reds comes after a season marred by injuries to key players.

Konate could be one of several signings with Klopp wanting to make sure that he does not end up trying to resort to temporary measures to keep the team competitive moving forward.

The interest in the 22-year-old is nothing new. Back in March, Liverpool was linked to the French center-back, but the release clause required by RB Leipzig was not met.

But with a new sense of urgency, it appears Klopp and company are ready to try again and match that required fee.

As far as the German side is concerned, it does not appear they will put up much resistance.

Although reports of a five-year contract have been agreed in principle, Die Roten is aware that holding on to Konate is not a certainty.

The situation is not different from Dayot Upamecano, who ended up joining Bayern Munich.

Konate is currently occupied helping out France’s U-21 side at the European Championship in Hungary.

Any deal involving the player is unlikely to be tackled until after that tournament.

As far as Liverpool is concerned, the Reds are skimming the market for center-backs.

Ibrahima Konate
Ibrahima Konate #6 of Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. Getty Images / DeFodi Images

Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are expected to return from injury, giving Klopp some options.

Nat Philips and Rhys Williams are other options, giving Liverpool an array of weapons on the pitch to ensure that they remain a top team to reckon with next season.

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