Christian Falk confirmed that Bundesliga star Ibrahima Konate’s release clause – upwards of €40m – is set to kick in during the summer, with Liverpool one of several clubs “informed and interested”.
Given the general understanding that the Reds are set for a relatively busy summer transfer window, we’d expect there to be a great deal of interest in the Frenchman for such a low price in today’s market.
TRUE ✅ @IbrahimaKonate_ of @DieRotenBullen has a release clause (40 Mio Euro plus X) for summer. A few Premier-League-Clubs are informed and interested @LFC @ManUtd @SpursOfficial pic.twitter.com/G9ASlsMSG3
— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) January 29, 2021
With Liverpool struggling immensely with the continued absences of starting centre-back duo Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, bringing in another defender come the season end would make a great deal of sense going forward.
It has been a bit of a freak year in terms of injuries, with Gomez sustaining an long-term injury on international duty shortly after our No.4 suffered ACL damage.
While we wouldn’t expect to see such a scenario be repeated the next term, it’s prudent for the club to invest in another quality defender given the sheer unreliability of Joel Matip’s fitness levels.
A meeting in the Champions League Last 16 with RB Leipzig sadly means that an early switch in January is off the cards, but we’d happily take a centre-half of Konate’s calibre in the summer.