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Liverpool-linked Ibrahima Konate’s buyout clause higher than first thought

Ibrahima Konate

Konate linked with Liverpool

Ibrahima Konate joined RB Leipzig on a free transfer in the summer of 2017, from French outfit, FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.

And the 21-year-old has since gone on to garner 93 appearances for Die Roten Bullen, including 19 thus far this season.

Konate is fast, powerful and good with the ball at his feet. The France under-21 international’s contract was also rumoured to contain a release clause worth just €40m this summer, a sum which – given his age, experience and ability – would represent a real bargain in the modern market.

In turn, it didn’t come as too much of a surprise to see a top European club express an interest in the stopper.

The highly reliable David Ornstein reported at the end of March that Liverpool were working to finalise a deal for the Leipzig standout. Ornstein added that a deal was not done, but significant progress had been made.

Konate’s release clause

On the back of that report, talk of a deal being completed for Konate died down somewhat.

However, it was then claimed last week that Liverpool had indeed agreed a long-term contract with the Frenchman, ahead of activating his release clause in the coming days.

And now, on Tuesday, a further update surrounding the Leipzig man’s potential transfer has emerged.

According to the Telegraph, Konate’s buyout clause is in fact higher than was first thought.

Liverpool could therefore be forced to pay around £40m for his services, rather than the previously touted €40m:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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