Liverpool Agree To Sign Konate From Leipzig For £35m
Liverpool have agreed a deal with RB Leipzig for the transfer of young French centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
Konate will move to Anfield this summer on a five-year contract after Liverpool triggered his £35m release clause.
The 22-year-old’s arrival will help augment a Liverpool backline that had to do without Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip due to injury for a large portion of the 2020/2021 season.
Konate joined Leipzig from Sochaux in the summer of 2017 and made 21 appearances in all competitions last season. He was an unused substitute in both legs as Liverpool eliminated Leipzig in the Champions League round of 16 stage.
Upon completing a switch to England, Konate told the Reds' official website: "I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool.
"It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new team-mates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.
"Right now, my focus is on the U21 European Championships with France, but after this competition I know I will be joining one of the best teams in the world and that gives me a great feeling.
"I have worked very hard for many years to get to this point, but I would like to say a big thank you to everyone at RB Leipzig and all the people I worked with there – the coaches, my team-mates, the staff and especially the fans.
"Your support helped me grow up during my time there and become not only a better player, but a better man and I will always be grateful for it."