Liverpool prepared to splash out on Ibrahima Konate despite financial losses


Liverpool remain keen on signing the RB Leipzig defender Ibrahima Konate despite their financial losses because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League club announced their accounts on Tuesday and they have posted a £46 million pre-tax loss.

However, the Reds estimate that the cost of the pandemic could rise to more than £120 million.

The financial accounts explain why the Premier League side were so keen on signing up for the European Super League earlier this month. The money coming in from the exclusive competition would have helped them cope with their losses.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail are reporting that the Reds are ready to trigger the 21-year-old defender’s buy-out clause at the end of this season.

SL View: Konate could solve Klopp’s defensive problems

Konate has been linked with a move to Anfield for weeks now and both parties will be hoping to get the transfer across the line as soon as possible.

The Frenchman is highly rated across Europe and he could prove to be a quality addition to Liverpool’s defensive unit.

The Reds have considerable defensive quality at their disposal but the likes of Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are unreliable in terms of fitness and the Reds will have to bring in more depth at the back this summer.

Liverpool signed Ben Davis and Ozan Kabak during the January transfer window but the former Preston defender has failed to break into the first-team so far and Kabak is on a loan deal and he could be on his way back to the German club this summer.

Konate would be a sensible investment for the Reds as a potential long term partner for Virgil van Dijk.

The 21-year-old has the talent and potential to justify the £40 million asking price and he could help Juergen Klopp’s side challenge for the title once again next season.

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Source: English Premier League – Sportslens.com