Liverpool announce agreement to sign Ibrahima Konate

Defender will provide a major boost after injuries ravaged the club’s title defence

RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate will be joining Liverpool after the club confirmed an agreement for his transfer has been made. File photograph: Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate will be joining Liverpool after the club confirmed an agreement for his transfer has been made. File photograph: Christian Kaspar-Bartke/Getty Images

 

Liverpool have reached an agreement to sign centre back Ibrahima Konate from German side RB Leipzig, the Premier League club said on Friday.

Frenchman Konate, 22, will join the Anfield club on July 1st once his work permit application is approved and medicals are completed.

Financial details of the transfer were not revealed but British media reported Liverpool triggered a €41 million release clause in his contract. Konate had a contract until June 2023 with Leipzig.

“I’m really happy to be joining such a massive club like Liverpool,” Konate said in a statement.

“It’s a really exciting moment for me and my family and I am really looking forward to meeting my new teammates, the staff and getting started on this new chapter.

“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 teammates, the staff and especially the fans.”

Konate will be involved with the France team in the knockout stages of the Under-21 European Championship which begin on May 31st.

Liverpool struggled to defend their Premier League title last season after an injury crisis in defence when they lost Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez to season-ending injuries early in the campaign.

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