After a team-mate claim, Ibrahima Konate could give a surprising Gini Wijnaldum Liverpool answer.
After a former teammate disclosed Ibrahima Konate’s past in midfield, the Frenchman could be a surprise possibility for Liverpool.
Liverpool activated Konate’s £36 million release clause at RB Leipzig last month, making the 22-year-old the club’s second most expensive defender after Virgil van Dijk.
Liverpool are now just waiting for international clearance and expect no problems with a work visa application now that the centre-back has accepted personal terms and passed a physical.
The agreement was reached after Leipzig insisted on paying the sum in full rather than in installments.
Konate, who is currently training with France for the Under-21 European Championships, will join the team on July 1.
After impressing for Leipzig in the heart of their defense over the past couple of seasons, many expect the Frenchman to join the Reds as a centre-back alternative.
But, according to Bryan Lasme, Konate’s former teammate and close friend, the 22-year-old arrived in Sochaux as a midfielder.
And it was only at Under-17 level, courtesy to coach Eric Hely’s insight, that he switched to centre-back.
“To be honest, it wasn’t an obvious move,” Lasme told Goal.com. “Because he was a good midfielder!” He was skilled, quick, strong, and capable of playing.
“He possessed the attributes that a midfielder should possess.”
Liverpool have scouted Borussia Monchengladbach’s Florian Neuhaus, a Germany midfielder, amid reports of a possible deal.
Despite the departure of Gini Wijnaldum, the ECHO understands that Liverpool are keeping an eye on Neuhaus but are not necessarily prioritizing adding players to their midfield this summer.
Could Konate’s ability to play in that position be one of the reasons the Reds aren’t trying to enhance their midfield? We’ll have to wait and see.