Liverpool are reportedly set to finalise a deal to sign Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig despite interest from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
According to TalkSport, Chelsea were keeping tabs on Konate before Liverpool swooped in and agreed a five-year contract with the French defender.
The report claims that the deal will be officially completed in a matter of weeks, with Liverpool beating Chelsea to the signing of the centre-back.
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This piece of information highlights the value of getting transfer business done as quickly as possible. The window does not open until June and Liverpool are already inches away from completing their first signing of the summer in Konate. Liverpool have been quick to agree personal terms with the French under-21 international and now appear set to trigger his release clause, making sure that he is in the door and ready to go in time for pre-season ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.
By doing this, Liverpool have been able to snap up Konate before Chelsea can make a move. They asserted their dominance in the transfer race and now look set to reap the rewards of their hard work as they finalise the finer details of the deal for Konate. Chelsea may have been watching Konate and preparing to move for him when the transfer window opened, but Liverpool were not willing to wait around and went straight in to secure a deal.
Hopefully, Konate can link up with his Liverpool teammates this summer and enjoy a full pre-season with Jurgen Klopp’s squad. If he can do that then it may become easier for him to settle in as he has more time to integrate into life in England ahead of the new season than he would have if he joined towards the end of the window in August.
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