Highly rated Rb Leipzig centre-back Ibrahima Konate will not be joining English side Liverpool this summer German paper SportBILD.
The young French central-defender had been the subject of intense media speculation to move away from the German club with Liverpool, the club most linked. Still, according to SportBILD, Liverpool has told RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff that Konate is not on their agenda.
Mintzlaff reportedly called Liverpool when news leaked of their potential interest in Konate. However, he was told that he is “currently not an issue” for the Reds.
Comments by CEO
“After the loss of Dayot Upamecano, a move for Konaté is also ‘imminent’ as he can leave for €40m,” Sean Lunt wrote. “However, they insist ‘his new club will not be Liverpool’, explaining that following the rumours in England, [RB Leipzig chief, Oliver] Mintzlaff called his Anfield counterparts to ask if there was anything in it.
“He was reportedly told that the defender is ‘currently not an issue for the club. In other words, they are not thinking about a move presently.”
A move for Konaté this summer is ‘imminent’ as he can leave for €40m but his new club will not be Liverpool. Leipzig chief Mintzlaff called his Anfield counterparts to ask if there was anything in it. He was reportedly told that there wasn’t. [@SPORTBILD via @Sport_Witness] #UR pic.twitter.com/zhwsuirt5Q
— United Reveal (@UnitedReveal) April 7, 2021
Leipzig recently agreed on a deal where centre-back partner Dayot Upamecano agreed to Bayern Munich.
Interest from Manchester United
Konate has a release clause of €40m and has reportedly interested Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made it a priority to bolster his defensive ranks when the transfer market reopens for business in the summer.
Leipzig will be powerless to stop Konate from leaving if a club meets his release clause. However, it does not seem that it will be Liverpool at this stage.
Manchester United 'to compete with rivals Liverpool for Ibrahima Konate' https://t.co/hVRNunKUuL
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) April 7, 2021
Liverpool will be looking to secure a high profile centre-back target after the unreliability of Matip and the injuries to Van Dijk and Joe Gomez curtailed their season.
They did sign Ozan Kabak on loan in January, as well as Ben Davies. Both are not deemed the first choice when normality resumes.