Liverpool News | With a five-year deal negotiated with the French defender Ibrahima Konate, Liverpool have activated the release clause in his contract at RB Leipzig. The Reds have been connected with the 22-year-old for some time, and a big-money transfer to England has now been completed.
The highly-rated defender has agreed to a long-term contract. He is poised to begin a new chapter in his career at Anfield.
“I’m incredibly thrilled to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool,” Konate told the Reds’ official website after sealing his move to England.
“It’s a really exciting time for me and my family. I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates. As well as the rest of the staff, and beginning this new chapter. Right now, my concentration is on the U21 European Championships with France. I know that after this tournament, I will be joining one of the top teams in the world, which gives me a wonderful feeling.
I’ve worked hard for many years to reach this position. I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone at RB Leipzig and everyone I worked with there. The coaches my teammates, the staff, and, most importantly, the fans. Your encouragement helped me grow up and become not only a better player but a better man throughout my time there. I will be eternally thankful.”
Konate’s release clause at Leipzig was worth more than £35 million. Liverpool has spent a lot of money to get him. All of the necessary documentation has been completed, and signatures have been appended where necessary. A medical has also been completed, with Jurgen Klopp securing a priority target early in the summer.
Injuries devastated Klopp’s best-laid plans in 2020-21, with his defensive ranks bearing the worst of the hits.
Long stints on the sidelines were endured by Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip. Requiring academy graduates to be promoted and new faces to be recruited in.