Respected journalist Fabrizio Romano broke the news on Tuesday that Konate had completed a medical before his move to Liverpool, with the France Under-21 international due to be confirmed in the coming days.
Konate will increase the Reds’ number in defense after being taken aback this season with long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and most recently, Joel Matip.
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And now Romano is back to confirm that Liverpool have ‘triggered’ the £ 35million release clause in Konate’s contract and that he has already completed his ‘he is a Liverpool player’ medical.
But The same news confirms with an “agreed five-year contract” between Liverpool and Konate, with the website expecting a deal “to be reached in the coming days”.
The report differs slightly from Romano – who claims the medical tests have already been done – with But adding: “All relevant documents are now in place, with signatures missing.”
“A medical exam will also need to be done, but those at Anfield are confident they can hit a prime target. “
With this deal almost over, Romano says Liverpool “are now making progress in negotiations for Fabinho’s new contract, they are ready to stay and extend the deal”.
The Brazilian has been a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad that have won the Premier League and Champions League in recent seasons, with his versatility also proving important this campaign as he has helped cover absent center defenses.
Liverpool are now making progress in negotiations for Fabinho’s new contract, they are ready to stay and extend the deal. Ibrahima Konaté’s clause has been triggered and he has already finished his medical days: he is a Liverpool player, he has never been in doubt. Official soon. 🔴 #LFC https://t.co/HMqDRtScR8
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 28, 2021
Graeme Souness will be delighted with the addition of Konate as he looks forward to seeing Fabinho play in midfield for the duration of the season.
“I think defense is one,” Souness said on Sky Sports A few days ago. “I think the midfielder is one. There were several players in the midfield who arrived and did not live up to expectations.
“I guess the priority will be another center-back; an experienced center-half. When they take Fabinho out of midfield, they lose something.
“But if Liverpool don’t get stronger, they’ll be the only Champions League side not to get stronger. If you don’t strengthen yourself, you stay still.
“I really expect Liverpool to buy this summer and buy more than once.”