Ibrahima Konate has been confirmed as Liverpool’s first signing of the summer, and John Gibbons hosts Andy Heaton, Josh Sexton and Craig Hannan to react to the news…
The Reds’ reportedly triggered Konate’s release clause of around £36million, utilising their strong relationship with his former club RB Leipzig to get the deal done.
From the club’s official website: “Liverpool Football Club have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ibrahima Konate from RB Leipzig.
“The 22-year-old defender has agreed a long-term contract with the Reds from July 1, subject to international clearance and a successful work permit application process, after finalising terms and passing a medical.
“Konate will move to Anfield after four seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig, where he made 95 appearances and scored four goals. He also clocked up eight runouts in the Champions League with the German club.
“Prior to switching to Die Roten Bullen, the centre-back made his breakthrough into senior football at Sochaux after graduating through their academy.
“Konate is currently with France’s U21 squad for the UEFA European Championships. To date, he has 12 caps for his country at that level.”