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Liverpool have added RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate to their list of potential January targets, according to Bundesliga expert Christian Falk.
The Reds’ defense of the Premier League title has been hit by high-profile injuries. Virgil van Dijk, so crucial in the title-winning campaign, could miss the rest of the campaign.
The Dutch captain has undergone surgery for the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered against Everton. It is a question of whether he plays again this quarter while Joe gomez it is also outside.
The England stopper has undergone surgery after suffering a knee problem training with England. Gomez’s forecast is similar to Van Dijk’s and the boss must wait to see if they play again in 2020-2021.
That, unsurprisingly, has led the club to link up with a number of potential defensive signings.
The likes of David Alaba, Dayot Upamecano and Kalidou Koulibaly have been mentioned as high-profile targets.
But nevertheless, Image Journalist Falk claims Liverpool’s main target is a bit more modest in the form of Konate.
The 21-year-old is highly regarded by Leipzig and has made 83 appearances for the Bundesliga team. An 11-time international for France Under-21s, he recently rose to prominence after shooting Kylian Mbappé and Neymar in a Champions League match. That form has aroused the interest of Arsenal.
However, Liverpool are also very interested, according to Falk.
“Upamecano is at the top of the list of many major clubs and of course that includes Liverpool,” he said. Image.
Bayern Munich is also an option, but it will be difficult to go down that path, so they look at other players.
“They don’t even look that far, only to Upmecano’s side of his partner (Konate).
“They (Liverpool) have realized the value of their contract, which runs until 2023, and it would be financially affordable for Liverpool.
“He’s also very, very interesting in terms of the style of play, which is similar, so they could be one of the teams that will bring him to the island.”
Klopp budget and Konate valuation
Any deal for Konate is reportedly likely to cost around £ 45 million. However, Leipzig is reported to be opposed to its sale in January.