The whole of Europe was surprised by the news that Liverpool has found a long-distance defender, and his name is Ibrahima Konate, and how important the potential transfer of the super-talented French defender is shown by the fact that only this story has been constantly talked about since Monday morning.
Recall, Athletic announced that Liverpool is facing the final transfer of the young and senior member of the French national team for 40,000,000 euros, which absolutely polarized the football public and caused some confusion.
Namely, the reliable Radio Monte Carlo went a step further in relation to Athletic, announcing that Konate had already undergone initial medical examinations in Paris before the announced transfer to Liverpool, while in Leipzig they absolutely deny everything.
RMC is considered one of the most reputable media not only in France but also on the Old Continent. In previous years, they dominated with information throughout the European football market and as such does not allow themselves inaccurate or unverified information.
So, there should be no mistakes about that information, but ... Leipzig's sports director Markus Krosche claims that the news about Konate's transfer to Liverpool is absolutely not true. "Leaving Leipzig is not an option for Konate.
He has a contract with us until June 2023, he is aware of how much he means to us, and what this club means to him." "He was unlucky last season with a serious injury, but this year he is developing very well and is an extremely important player for Leipzig with huge potential.
We want to help him develop further, and since we have a good team, I see no reason for him to leave us, " Krosche said.
Konate doesn't intend to leave
Konate stated on Monday afternoon that his phone was "glowing with calls and messages" after the initial news that he was about to sign for Liverpool.
"I woke up and saw that my phone was full of missed calls and messages. All I had to say to all those people was, ‘People, I’m tired, I played a game the day before, leave me alone." "Honestly, I don’t even think about it (to leave).
I can't focus on that now, the European Youth Championship is in front of me, and then I need to return to my club. There are things I worry about now, and then I'll talk about others. " The media close to this whole case claim that Krosche's statements are just a "desperate attempt" to save Konate.
Also, the well-informed journalist David Ornstein claims that the sports director of Liverpool, Michael Edwards, is in the business of completing the transfer and that the Reds will activate the mentioned buyout clause for the French defender.
Konate is currently with France at the European Youth Championship, and already in the summer, he will certainly be part of the senior team of the Gallic Roosters at the upcoming continental competition ...